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Young Pelsall mother dies suddenly from undetected heart disease just weeks before wedding day

Pelsall | Health | Published:

A young mother just weeks away from her wedding died suddenly after suffering from heart disease she didn't even know she had.

Faye Standley

Faye Standley, from Pelsall, was just 37 years old when she died of heart failure in her sleep in the early hours of July 2, leaving sons Tate, aged 14, and Max, aged four.

She had been due to marry fiance Paul Roberts on September 9 and had been busy making plans for their big day.

Her death came as a huge shock to all her family and friends as no-one knew she had been suffering from a heart condition and there were no previous symptoms.

Lifelong friend Jo Nunn said: “Faye was a beautiful person, inside and out. Not only was she an amazing best friend but a fantastic mom to her wonderful two boys and an amazing and loving fiancee to her soulmate Paul. I had the pleasure of having her as my best friend for many years, and I will treasure all my special memories with her in my heart forever.”

Jo and Paul are now keen to raise awareness about heart disease and the devastating impact it can have.

They gathered a group of Faye's family and friends to help raise awareness and funds at Walsall FC's match against Peterborough on Saturday. They collected £657 for the British Heart Foundation.

Family and friends gather for the collection

Donna Stokes, BHF fndraising mnager said: “The shock of losing someone so young is absolutely devastating to their family and friends. This is such a sad story about a young woman who had so much to look forward to and it is so sad that her future was snatched away from her.

"Too many lives are lost in the West Midlands each year and were determined to do everything we can to protect more families from this devastation. Money raised from fundraising activities like this will help us to fund the research that’s so desperately needed to bring us closer to beating heart disease. Together we can save more lives.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about organising a fundraising event for the BHF should call Donna Stokes on 0121 353 2087 or email stokesd@bhf.org.uk

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