Family Fundraising To Commission Gig In Memory Of "Silent Mountain" Chris Cox

  Chris far left rowing with Pendeen Pilot Gig Club's Men's A team. Image courtesy of The Chris Cox Tribute & Memorial Fund.

Chris far left rowing with Pendeen Pilot Gig Club's Men's A team. Image courtesy of The Chris Cox Tribute & Memorial Fund.

Family and friends of a Cornish Gig rower who tragically died are fundraising to commission a Gig in his honour. 

Christopher Cox, 29, rowed for Mount's Bay and later Pendeen Gig Clubs before suddenly passing away from SADS - Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome just after Christmas 2015. 

There had been no symptoms and he had been talking to his mother only minutes before collapsing and passing away.

As a tribute, the family are fundraising and aiming to commission a Gig in his memory named "Silent Mountain" - his nickname. 

The Gig will be used for competing competitively and for community rowing events to raise money for the UK Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome charity SADS UK

Chris's sister Emma Gage described him as "strong, but quiet, spending his free time on Scilly on the basketball court behind the old school." 

The family travel to Scilly and compete in the World Pilot Gig Championships annually. Emma who spoke to Will recently added "Chris loved the Islands."

The family have raised over £9000 already and this year in June two of Chris's rowing colleagues Mike Ellis from Mount's Bay, and Geoff Hoather from Pendeen Gig Clubs are cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for the Gig.

Will was recently joined on the phone by Emma Gage to find out about the fundraising and commissioning of the "Silent Mountain". 

For further information please go to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/chriscoxmemorialfund/. There is a Go Fund Me page in aid of the sponsored cycle which can be found by clicking here.