Our story is a tragic one but a tragedy that does not need to happen to anyone else.
In June 2012, my son was scouted and was due to start his professional football career for Fulham’s academy under 16 team, commencing after his GCSE’s.
Philip Lamin died on the 5th of February 2013, doing what he loved; playing football. Philip was playing football with his friends at his secondary school Bexleyheath Academy.
Shortly after scoring what would be his loas goal, Philip collapsed on the pitch and sadly never recovered.
He died straight away at the age of 16 without the chance of a goodbye.
He was a really healthy young man with no previous diagnosis of any heart problems, so it was a real shock as you can no doubt imagine.
Since his death in 2013, I have refused for it to be in vain, so I have been campaigning and raising awareness about cardiac arrest amongst young people, which crashes in unannounced, claiming the lives of 12 healthy and fit young people every week in the UK alone.