Friends remember 'sporty' mum Louise, 34, by raising cash for heart research in her memory
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 May 2017
Friends of an 'inspiring' and sporty 34-year-old Weston mum who died after a cardiac arrest are raising money for a heart charity in her memory.
Louise Smith, who was a dedicated runner and cyclist, died just six months after giving birth to her first child, Joshua.
Now, friends of Louise and her partner Gareth Prust are taking on a series of fundraising challenges to raise vital cash for research into heart conditions.
Louise’s family are still waiting for answers about why she collapsed and went into cardiac arrest when she went on her first jog after giving birth.
She had collapsed a few times while she was pregnant, but her doctor had told her she could begin running again.
Her mum, Ann Davis, told the Mercury: “She came over on the Sunday morning, to go for a run with my husband.
“She went just out of my sight, round the corner, and collapsed and didn’t recover.”
Gareth said: “She loved her sport. She was desperate to go back to running.
“At one of her doctor’s appointments, they said she could go back but it suddenly led to what happened.”
Gareth, who is now looking Joshua full time, said: “It has been difficult but the support from Ann and my mum has helped.
“Joshua is doing really well – he is thriving.
“He is a lovely little boy and almost wants to walk now.”
One of the couple’s friends Mark Sweeting, who is taking part in a cycle ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Louise, said: “She was a great, inspiring friend of mine, who was not just super fit, but was such a lovely person who didn’t have a bad word to say against anybody.”
Young Joshua turned one year old on Friday, and on Saturday, it will be six months since Louise died.
She had been intending to run the Christmas Cracker, and Gareth took her place at the event instead, taking Joshua along in a running buggy Louise never got to use.
He said: “I thought ‘I need to do this because she would have wanted that’.”