Dad and son to honour teen

Michael and Thomas Eastham are taking on a 100-mile trek to raise money for the Jordan Grant Memorial Fund, set up in honour of the 17-year-old (below) who died in 2012.
Michael and Thomas Eastham are taking on a 100-mile trek to raise money for the Jordan Grant Memorial Fund, set up in honour of the 17-year-old (below) who died in 2012.
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A father and son are set to embark on a 100-mile trek to raise money in honour of a teenager who died from a heart condition.

Fylde Council planning officer Michael Eastham and son Thomas plan to walk the Cotswold Way, a 160km trail to raise money for the Jordan Grant Memorial Fund, part of the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity.

Jordan Grant, 17, who died suddenly of an undetected heart condition.'A short film has been made about him to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

Jordan Grant, 17, who died suddenly of an undetected heart condition.'A short film has been made about him to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

The walk will honour Jordan, 17, who collapsed and died in February 2012 from a heart irregularity while on his way to work at a supermarket.

Michael, 45, said: “Jordan was a fit and active young man who had his whole life before him, when he collapsed and died on his way to his first ever Saturday job.

“Up to 12 young people die every week in this country from heart defects.

“All of the money we raise will go towards scanning young people between the 
ages of 14 and 35.

“Jordan’s parents, John and Lisa, have given us their full support in this quest.”

The trek starts on July 19 and continues for seven days, with the duo starting in Chipping Campden and ending at the doors to Bath Abbey.

Michael, who lives in Preston, added: “We will be walking through some of the finest countryside and landscapes in England, including Cleeve Hill and the Vale of Gloucester, Dyrham Park and the 
ruins of Hales Abbey, together with the Civil War battlefield at Lansdown Hill, just 
outside Bath. We hope to 
cover 15 miles a day – it will 
be a great challenge.”

This will be the second time the pair have done 
a walk in aid of Cardiac 
Risk in the Young.

Last summer they walked Ridgeway National Trail in Swindon with plans to walk South Downs Way close to Brighton next year.

Jordan fell unconscious as his father John drove 
him to his first shift at 
Preston’s Waitrose 
supermarket.

Despite the efforts of paramedics at the scene, he could not be saved.

To sponsor Michael and Thomas, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JordanGrant