Petworth is preparing to rally round to remember a much-loved member of the community.
Hannah Stanton passed away in December, 2013 from an undiagnosed heart condition, at the age of 21.
Her boyfriend Rhys Burrows along with her friends and colleagues at Deja Vu hairdressers, will be raising money for charity CRY, to make sure a similar tragedy doesn’t affect other families.
“Hannah was the most amazing, thoughtful and beautiful person I have ever met,” said Rhys.
“She literally lit up the room soon as she walked in.
“Hannah went to school at Midhurst then went to college to study drama, after that she studied hairdressing.
“She lived in Petworth with her mum and dad for a large amount of her childhood and we bought our first house together, staying in Petworth.
“Hannah loved working in the salon especially with Lily and Lisa.
“She had a ridiculous amount of friends who are all missing her so much.
“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 worth while.
“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’s so important to make people aware of the possible risk.
“We are holding an auction and are looking for donations. However big or small, we would be grateful for anything to auction off so we could raise as much money as possible for a great cause.”
A fundraising day will be held on April 18, at the High Street hairdressers. It will run throughout the day for coffee and cake and mini manicures and then between 4.30pm and 6.30pm for drinks and nibbles.
There will be a number of activities taking place, including waxing and shaving the heads of the local football team, a charity raffle with prizes including dinners for two at pubs and signed merchandise from boyband M.A.D.
Lily Sharp, who worked with Hannah, said: “All money raised will go to the charity CRY which supports Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity that recently has become so close to us.
“We would like as many people as possible to join us in raising money in memory of our dear friend and colleague Hannah who we miss very much. Also we are receiving any donations towards the raffle.”