Tributes pour in for ‘amazing’ campaigner

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 17/12 11:30

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Buy photos » Craig Prentice passed away on Tuesday after campaigning for defibrillators in his sister’s memory. (s)

HUNDREDS of tributes have been paid to a dedicated fund-raiser who lost his life just three years after his sister.

Craig Prentice passed away on Tuesday evening (December 10) having helped his parents Robert and Maggie Underwood raise thousands for defibrillators following the tragic loss of Charlotte in December 2010.

A Facebook site has been set up in memory of the 17-year-old Matchborough teenager, a former Arrow Vale student who suffered a cardiac arrest. He was a key part of Redditch Heart Safe, set up by the family to campaign for defibrillators to made available in all schools in memory of Charlotte - who passed away from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

More than 900 people joined the ‘RIP Craig Prentice’ page within two days, with friends paying tribute to the ‘absolutely amazing lad’ and ‘incredible person’ and many referencing his sense of humour and ability to cheer friends up and help them through their problems.

Others took to the Heart Safe Facebook page with their memories of the campaigner.

Louise Daly said: “To lose a child is unbearable but to lose two is complete devastation, so so sorry to hear your heartbreaking news. RIP Craig, may you and Charlotte take care of each other as precious angels, love and prayers to your family.”

Messages came from as far away as Australia, with Youth Heart Watch saying: “Extending our deepest sympathies, love, thoughts and prayers to Redditch Heart Safe following the heart-breaking loss of Craig. For Craig and Charlotte Marie, forever in our hearts.”

Craig’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 19, at 11am at Redditch Crematorium followed by a wake and tribute at the Oast House from 12pm. Everybody is welcome, with any donations to be made directly to the family, to Thomas Brothers or through Heart Safe online.

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