A CREWE man who campaigned to prevent child drug addiction has died suddenly at home.
Father-of-three Ken Revell, 54, ran the organisation Parents Against Drug Abuse with his wife Pauline from their home in Wistaston Road, Crewe.
Heartbroken Mrs Revell made frantic attempts to resuscitate her husband after finding him dead shortly after he went to bed complaining of pain in his back.
She said: 'Our little granddaughter had been poorly with a tummy bug and when Ken felt sick we thought he was coming down with the same.
'It had been a busy weekend for us, shopping and picking up the children, and when he went to bed early with a hot water bottle we thought nothing of it.
'An hour later he was dead and while the ambulance was on its way they gave me instructions over the phone to do mouth to mouth resuscitation, but I knew he was gone.'
The couple set up the Crewe branch of the national charity PADA in 1998 after losing their 18-year-old son Mark, a heroin addict who hanged himself in prison.
Over the years they have been a shoulder to cry on for thousands of parents living with the trauma of a child who is addicted and have offered counselling to help children break the habit.
Mr Revell combined this with his job as a support worker for people with special needs and Mrs Revell with her job as a customer service adviser for the borough council.
She added: 'We always wanted something positive to come out of Mark's death and running PADA was what Ken lived for. He would be straight round if a parent rang, upset about their child being on drugs.
'Continuing the work of PADA is what Ken would have wanted and I will do so with the backing of our volunteers.'
A funeral has taken place at Crewe Crematorium. Donations in lieu of flowers went to PADA.