Michael George Bristow


Total raised:


(offline: £1,668.20)

With Gift Aid: £2,334.45

Target: £2,223.20

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Rebecca Tarry on 24/05/2008

Michael George Bristow

Welcome to the Gift of Hope Heart Fund which has been set up in memory of Michael George Bristow. Mike passed away suddenly on 17th March 2008 at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.Three weeks before Mike passed away he started to feel poorly. We were in the USA on holiday and went to the doctors to have him checked out before we flew home.  The doctor diagnosed Mike with viral pneumonia as the symptoms Mike was exhibiting fitted: shortness of breath, white flecks in his lungs (as shown on the x-ray) and lethargy.  After getting home, Mike was treated for viral pneumonia and although he had some really bad days, by week three he was starting to pick up.  It was only three days before Mike died that he started to deteriorate.  On the Sunday he asked to go into hospital and he died in the early hours of the Monday morning.The post mortem revealed that Mike had a large tumour in his heart, later identified as an atrial myxoma.  Mike never had viral pnemonia, the symptoms, although the same were as a result of his heart starting to fail. They would never have expected that a fit and healthy man of 32 would have a problem with his heart.  According to the doctors, the tumour had been there for several years, growing very slowly.  They also said that it was testement to Mike's level of fitness, good diet and the fact that he'd look after himself so well, that his body had accomodated such a large tumour and been able to function without any obvious symptoms for so long.Mike ate well (as many friends and family would testify), never smoked, drank moderately and was sports mad.  He played football, ran regularly, swam and loved skiing.  In October 2007, Mike ran the 'Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon' (he is pictured having completed the half marathon) to raise mony for the 'Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation' in memory of Alan, his late father who passed away a year prior to Mike, of the disease.  Four weeks before Mike died we had even been taking on the black runs of Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort in Maine, USA.  Given the size of the tumour that Mike had, doctors were astounded that he had both been skiing and ran the half marathon, that he ought not to have been able to do it.I also think that it was testement to the size of Mike's heart that he lived for so long with this tumour.  Mike was a big guy, with a big heart.  He had time for anyone and everyone and he loved his family and his friends.  Mike and I had been together for 5 1/2 years and had just gotten engaged.  Not only were we excited about getting married but also the impending birth of Mike's brother Matt's first child. He was so excited about becoming an uncle.  Thirty days after Mike passed away, Matt and Gemma had a little girl whom they called Isla May. She has very long legs, just like her Uncle Mike and I know he would have had her in the park kicking a football from a very early age!Mike was also committed to his job, as a researcher for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL), in Nottingham.  He was leading on a project that has resulted in over 900 people receiving training to become head teachers, in response to the current shortage of people to fulfill this role in schools.  This project will continue and it is certainly and impressive legacy to leave.So you may wonder, what is the point of looking after yourself so well, if something like this can just come along and take it all away. My reasoning is this.  If Mike hadn't looked after himself so well, his body would not have coped with the presence of the tumour and it is almost certain that he would have passed away much sooner.  I may never have had the chance to meet and love him.  NCSL may never have had the opportunity to employ him.  Mike touched a lot of peoples lives.  He left a lasting impression and the world is a richer place for having had him in it.  Even if it was only for 32 years.Research suggests that atrial myxoma affects 2 in every 100,000 people.  It is rare, so rare that the vast majority of cases are only discovered during a post mortem.This fund has been set up to raise money for the British Heart Foundation to help them in their fight against heart disease. I hope you can join me in fundraising for the nations heart charity nobody is doing more than the BHF to keep the nations hearts beating.Please make an online donation if you can.Thank youBecs x
Donations 37

Mrs Jackie Jones

It was our pleasure to know Mike. Well done Louise on your achievement to his memory.


Ms Elaine Campbell


Miss Jean Matthews


Mrs Amanda McLachlan

In support of Louise Jones, her friends and their achievements made towards the Michael Bristow Fund.


Ms Sam Grant

Well done Louise


Mrs Janet Doel


Miss Tanya Maidment


Tim & Eileen Bates

Sorry we cannot make the cricket match, we will be thinking of you. All our love.


Friends and Family

There were many people who made a donation at Mike's funeral, too many to list individually. Thank you all for your donations, support and regular cups of tea. It will forever be appreciated, Becs xxx


Ben Sarton

Ben ran the Prague half marathon in memory of Mike, raising nearly £400 for the fund. Ben and Mike shared a great love of cricket, running and beer, I'll never forget them behind the bar at the kimberly brewery tour - thank you ben, Becs x

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