Money raised in man’s memory

Robin and Natalie

Robin Allum-Cornforth, pictured with partner Natalie Bone, died following a heart attack at home in Walthamstow

Nearly £1,000 has been raised for charity following the sudden death of a Walthamstow man.

Robin Allum-Cornforth, 30, died following a heart attack at his home in Church Lane in April this year. A fund was subsequently set up by staff at the Royal Academy of Arts, where Robin’s partner Natalie Bone is a senior manager.

All money raised is being donated to The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC). Natalie explained the charity was chosen because of the “incredible” efforts of six paramedics who fought to save Robin on the night he collapsed.

She said: “He died of advanced coronary heart disease but he had no symptoms so we had no warning whatsoever that he had this condition. It was all a huge shock.

“He just woke me up in the middle of the night and said he was having trouble breathing. I immediately called for an ambulance and they were there in about four minutes. But in the intervening period he collapsed. It was really, really quick.

“While one paramedic was working on Robin they also called for help, so about six of them were working on him to stabilise him before they could take him to St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

“He’d gone into cardiac arrest so they were shocking him and also giving him CPR.”

More than £850 has so far been raised for TASC, while a further £310 was collected from donations at Robin’s funeral.

Added Natalie: “They were incredible and never gave up on him. They were working on Robin for about two hours and were very calm and collected throughout and also calmed me down.

“It got me thinking that had Robin survived, he would have recognised all of the hard work that the paramedics gave to him that night, so we were really happy to support TASC and the work that it does. I personally felt it very important to support the charity given the overwhelming help that the ambulance service provided to Robin and I on the night he passed away.”

Donations for The Ambulance Staff Charity are still being accepted via JustGiving: