Widow’s mission to get community behind fundraising campaign in memory of lost husband

Rachel Stow and Kerry Howley of Old Leake who are organising an event to raise moneu for BHF afetr Rachel's husband died of a sudden heart attack. Back L-R Rachel Stow holding a photo of her husband, Daisy Howley 6, Tom Howley 7, Kerry Howley. Front L-R Milly Stow 4, Isabel Stow 6.
Rachel Stow and Kerry Howley of Old Leake who are organising an event to raise moneu for BHF afetr Rachel's husband died of a sudden heart attack. Back L-R Rachel Stow holding a photo of her husband, Daisy Howley 6, Tom Howley 7, Kerry Howley. Front L-R Milly Stow 4, Isabel Stow 6.

A woman who lost her husband to a sudden heart attack is on a mission to get the whole community involved in fundraising in his memory.

Rachel Stow’s husband Darren died in 2011, aged 44, leaving daughters Izzy, now six, and four-year-old Milly.

Now, the family, of Bert Allen Drive, Old Leake, are trying to channel their grief into raising as much money as possible for the British Heart Foundation through the Rock Up in Red event on February 1.

So far, Rachel and her friend Kerry Howley, who is helping with the task, have got Old Leake Primary School on board, and they are now working on other businesses.

Rachel said: “The school has been fantastic with my children and they’ve really got behind us. Hopefully it will be a group effort.”

Neither Rachel nor the children had chance to say goodbye to Darren before he died, and she said that had been difficult for them as a family, adding that fundraising had provided ‘a bit of a focus’ for them.

“I can’t change things, but, hopefully, fundraising might help others,” Rachel said.

Several companies in the area have already agreed to get involoved with the initiative, where people pay £1 to dress in red for the day.

To make a donation visit www.lastinghope.bhf.org.uk/darrenstow