Hero's mother says thanks

GRIEVING mother Carol Jones said a heartfelt thank you to the people of Bideford following the funeral on Friday of her hero son, Sean Griffiths. Around 300 people packed the Parish Church for the funeral of Mr Griffiths, 40, who died after trying to sa

GRIEVING mother Carol Jones said a heartfelt "thank you" to the people of Bideford following the funeral on Friday of her hero son, Sean Griffiths.Around 300 people packed the Parish Church for the funeral of Mr Griffiths, 40, who died after trying to save a teenager from the River Torridge.Many of the mourners wore items of red in tribute to him as he was well known in the town for wearing a red fleece.After the service, the hearse was escorted to the Higher Cemetery by a convoy of motorcyclists, the spectacle watched by large numbers of wellwishers as it made its way along Bideford Quay and up the High Street.Ms Jones said: "I must give a big thank you to the people of Bideford for all the support they have given us. All those at the church and the people outside, all the motorcyclists, Quigleys and Night Owls for the wake and tribute charity events they organised and, especially, to my children and partner."She revealed that she had been taken into hospital with heart problems only four days before the funeral and only allowed out for the service "if I behaved myself."This was her second spell in hospital with heart problems in the past few traumatic weeks, having previously been admitted the same day as her son was pulled from the river in the early hours of Thursday, February 19.He died in hospital four days later.Charity events organised in her son's memory were raising money for his three children, for the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units at North Devon District Hospital and for the Children's Hospice South West, she said. The intensive care unit had cared for her son and the coronary care unit had taken care of her.As a passionate biker, Sean had been a member of a group which made special runs to raise money for the children's hospice, she said.


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