Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, SADS UK


Anne Jolly, the Chief Executive of SADS UK, established the charity in 1998 after her beloved fit and active 16-year-old son Ashley died unexpectedly in his sleep. It was suspected that he suffered a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) from which his heart could not recover naturally.

The charity was set up to support other families who are bereaved by a sudden and unexpected cardiac death; including children and teenagers, many of whom have no previously documented heart disease. Experts believe that up to 8 vibrant young people die in this way in the UK each week; SADS UK believes this is a conservative estimate.

SADS UK works to prevent premature loss of life and to improve the lives of those affected by debilitating cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). It is for this reason that SADS UK raises awareness about signs and symptoms of cardiac conditions and provides heart monitors and defibrillators in the community.

The charity also supports research into the causes of cardiac arrhythmia's, in order to improve methods of detection and provide even more effective treatments in the future.

Anne Jolly is a counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; she is able to support families who have lost a loved one or may be struggling to come to terms with being diagnosed with a cardiac condition. SADS UK members in different parts of the country assist with this role. - Anne Jolly

The artist Tom Mitchell first became aware of the charity having read an article about it in the Sunday Times magazine called the "The Silent Killer", report by John-Paul Flintoff.

Tom was immediately struck by Anne's story and her efforts in establishing the charity. With a strong belief in the spiritual, he was particularly intrigued by Anne's belief that her son Ashley would send his love to her by occasionally dropping small white feathers. This is a common belief, a message shared by many people suffering bereavement.

Tom had already completed some of his work depicting angels and feathers so he quickly contacted Anne and decided that the proceeds gained from a collection of his work should go towards helping SADS UK. He continues to help support the charity and their cause for which he has so much empathy and admiration.

Anne and the Trustees at SADS UK, have seen some of Tom's artwork and admired it and have described it as "Unusual, Tranquil and Spiritual, particularly liking 'Reborn'."- Anne Jolly

To read more about SADS UK and the work that they do please visit


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It is the wish of Tom Mitchell that the proceeds gained from the selling of certain pieces goes towards charitable funds, the main recipient being SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome).

Opposite there is a message from the charity as well as a link to the their website.



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