Mum's gig to thank hospital for son's years of treatment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 January 2012 | UPDATED: 08:47 24 January 2012

Lyn and Paul Thompson, with image of their son Matthew.

Lyn and Paul Thompson, with image of their son Matthew.

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A MUM is organising a charity gig to mark the fifth anniversary of her 18-year-old son's sudden death.

Matthew Thompson had just passed his driving test on May 2, 2007 when he suffered a heart attack, and was found dead behind the wheel of his car.

He suffered from a rare heart condition, and now mum Lyn and his family are arranging a music event featuring his brother’s band to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital, which helped Matthew throughout his life.

Matthew, of Garsdale Road, Milton, had truncus arteriosus, a congenital disease that means too much blood can be sent to the lungs.

The apprentice hairdresser had just passed his driving test and was driving to show his workmates when he stopped at a set of traffic lights in Locking Road.

When the lights went green, his car did not move, and he was later found dead at the wheel. Both Lyn and dad Paul were close at hand and able to meet paramedics at the scene.

And to mark the years of treatment and care Matthew received at the hospital in Bristol, they are now organising A Band Day Out, which will be held at Kewstoke Village Hall on May 5.

Among the bands performing will be Nine Lights, which contains Matthew’s younger brother Daniel on guitar.

Lyn said: “We decided to hold this as he spent a lot of time at the hospital, and they were always very good with him.

“He was always upbeat and full of life, everyone who met him remembers his smile.”

Speaking of the day her son died, she said: “He was so excited about passing his test first time and wanted to show his workmates at Upper Cut. We think that’s what set it off.

“We were in complete shock, we were all devastated.”

The event will feature Nine Lights, as well as Lipinski, Chiller, The Fallen Apples, the Steve Mitchell Band, The Long Haul and Max Rebo, with other entertainment to be announced nearer the time. Tickets, priced £3-15, will be available from the Windsor Castle in Upper Bristol Road or Bright Hair in Boulevard.

Lyn added: “Our hopes for the event is that lots of people will support our event for such a good cause and hopefully raise as much money as possible to go towards an echo cardiogram scanner for the hospital.

“If Matthew was here he would have loved the day as he was a big fan of music and he would have been in his element trying to organise everything and everyone. In fact i think he probably would of organised the whole thing himself.

“He also made friends with a lot of the staff during his many visits to the hospital, so he would be really pleased that the money being raised is going to make their life a little easier and benefit many more children with heart problems in the future.”

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