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'Mixed emotions' as memorial trust is launched

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The father of a boy who collapsed and died while out jogging said the launch of a trust in his son's name was the "first sign of light" since his death.

Teenager Joe Humphries was fit and healthy when he collapsed minutes from his home in Rothley in October.

The 14-year-old was the victim of sudden arrythmic death syndrome (Sads) – the adult version of cot death.

His family created the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust to promote awareness of the condition in the city and county. Joe's parents, Steve and Angela, and sister, Lauren, launched the trust at an event at Joe's old school, De Lisle College, Loughborough, yesterday.

Steve, a former Leicester City goalkeeper, said: "It was certainly a day of mixed emotions.

"A month ago to the day I was stood in the same hall for a memorial service for Joe and then, a month later, for the launch, we were back and there was that first sign of light and hope that we can turn this disaster into something positive."

A video which features tributes from Joe's friends, photographs, and videos of Joe with friends, was played at the launch.

In the tribute, one friend said: "He was really kind and gentle and he wanted to just help everyone out."

Another added: "He was so easy to laugh with. He just made me laugh and made things funny even if they weren't."

Actor Tom Holland, who plays Lucas in the film The Impossible was at the launch.

He is Joe's cousin's cousin and spent the day with him at Thorpe Park just two days before he died.

The 16-year-old, from London, said: I knew nothing about the condition (Sads) before.

"I think it is really important that we support the trust and make sure that people are aware."

For more information about the trust visit:

www.jhmt.org.uk

To see Joe's friends's tribute video visit:

www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk

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