‘We want to find man who helped sick mum’

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Two sisters want to track down the mystery hero who attempted to resuscitate their mother when she suddenly collapsed.

Tragically 71-year-old Rita Clare, who was in Hemel Hempstead to attend her granddaughter’s wedding, died the following morning after suffering a second heart attack.

Daughters Jacky Sells, of St Edmunds in Berkhamsted, and Yvonne Bryans are desperate to find the man who sprang into action in a bid to save poorly Rita on the afternoon of Friday, May 31.

They had been walking along the High Street in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town when the mother and grandmother suddenly collapsed. The trio never made it to the wedding at St Mary’s Church.

The have a go hero attempted to revive Rita before passing firefighters, who were on their way back from a call-out, stopped to help out, taking over CPR.

“I just want to say thank you to the man,” said Jacky. “A big thank you to him and a big thank you to the firemen.”

Rita, who lived in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, was rushed to Watford General Hospital by ambulance but sadly she died in the early hours of the following morning.

Jacky and Yvonne have already visited Hemel Hempstead’s Fire Station to say thank you to the White Watch crew that came to their aid. They were not on duty when the pair called in but the sisters left behind a thank you card, chocolates and biscuits for the 999 team.

Now they want to find the passer-by who stopped to help but all they know about him is that he is a young black man, who was pushing a child in a buggy.

Do you know the man? If so, get in contact with the Gazette newsroom on 01442 262311.