DESPITE their devastating loss before Christmas, Hannah Stanton’s friends and family rallied round in Petworth on Good Friday to try to prevent a similar tragedy affecting others.
More than 350 people attended a charity day at the Deja Vu salon and raised nearly £10,000 for CRY.
Hannah Stanton, from Petworth, passed away in December 2013 from an undiagnosed heart condition, at the age of 21.
And her boyfriend Rhys Burrows and friends from the salon spent their Easter weekend raising as much money, and awareness, as they could.
Rhys said: “What a day.
“We had a huge turn out and raised just under £10,000 – a ridiculously amazing amount.
“Even more so, the awareness raised through doing this has been astronomical.
“Massive thanks must go to everyone who played a part on Friday, from the head-shavers, to the organisers, people who donated and everyone who came along to support it.
“A special mention must go to two very amazing women, Lisa Rowland and Lily Sharp, because without all their hard work, ambition and determination, the day wouldn’t have been as great as it was.
“It was a beautiful day in memory of a beautiful woman.”
Hannah’s friend Lily Sharp added: “We are all so pleased.
“It’s so heart-warming to know we have so much support.
“Hannah was a dear friend and colleague we miss very much.
“All of Hannah’s friends were there and it really goes to show she was so loved and is dearly missed.
“And she bought out the sun for the day!”
“Hannah was the most amazing, thoughtful and beautiful person I have ever met,” said Rhys.
“She literally lit up the room as soon as she walked in.
“Hannah loved working in the salon, especially with Lily and Lisa.
“The most important thing is that we all want to celebrate Hannah’s life, as short as it was, she certainly made the most of it.
“And if we can raise as much awareness as possible to stop families, friends and partners losing someone, it will all be worthwhile.
“Hannah was always full of energy and I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face.
“There was never any indication that she was unwell, that’s why it is so important to make people aware of the possible risk.”