Welsh Hearts, a local heart charity are holding a fundraising ball in aid of Oakdale teenager Jack Thomas who died after suspected heart failure in February 2012. The ball will be raising money in memory of the Jack Thomas Defibrillator Appeal for all schools in Gwent, Caerphilly, The Rhymney Valley, Monmouth and Chepstow.
The King and Queen of Hearts Summer Ball will be held in Newport on the day after what would have been Jack's 18th birthday. Jack's mother Mrs. Thomas said her son would have loved the idea of celebrating a birthday landmark in such a way. She said:
“Jack would have been having a big party or out celebrating with his friends. He was a party animal and I remember he used to drag his friends into every house party going!"
“Sharon Owen of Welsh Hearts phoned me out of the blue to say the ball could be arranged for June 7 – I couldn’t believe it because that would have been a day after his 18th birthday. It will be a celebration of Jack’s life and will hopefully raise money as well.”
Welsh Hearts Charity Director Sharon Owen said:
"The event will be a great way of raising money for the appeal and awareness of our wider Dai Fib Appeal which aims to provide defibrillators for communities, workplaces, schools and organisations across Wales. With access to more defibrillators, Welsh Hearts can help our partners in the emergency services to improve chances of survival and protect our communities. Someone in cardiac arrest will lose consciousness, will not be breathing and will have no signs of circulation. A defibrillator is used to shock the heart following a cardiac arrest."
Tickets for the event are £45 each and include a sparkling drinks reception, a three-course dinner and entertainment. It will be held at the Hilton Newport Hotel on Chepstow Road, Langstone, NP18 2LX. People are being encouraged to arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
To book tickets contact Welsh Hearts Fundraising Office on 02920 786521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.