Wednesday July 5th CRY hosted its annual Parliamentary
Reception at Westminster as part of its Raising Awareness Week.
We were delighted to welcome newest patron
David Walliams to the Reception. The
'Little Britain' comedian, having just completed his fantastic channel
swim in a little over 10 hours, attended the event to raise awareness of CRY’s work in preventing Sudden Cardiac Death.
The event was attended by more than 50 MPs who
came to show their support for CRY’s campaigning.
Other guests at the event were CRY supporters
/ families; CRY Surgery Supporters Club members; CRY Patron Simon Halliday;
former football professional
representatives from event sponsors
Systems; medical professionals; representatives of sporting
organisations; CRY office and screening staff – and many others.
event was hosted by Dari Taylor MP, Dr Vincent Cable MP and Tim Loughton
MP, and was the key event in CRY’s Raising Awareness Week.
During the evening CRY revealed an important
new initiative that was made possible due to some very
undertaken by Simon Halliday. CRY will be providing a 3-year grant of
£180,000 to fund research by Dr Mary Sheppard, an expert cardiac
pathologist who specialises in Sudden Cardiac Death syndrome.
will allow her to gain access to 700 hearts that have been retained for
indications of Sudden Cardiac Death, which is often undetected during a
There were a number of speakers at the event,
including Andy Burnham MP (Minister of State for Delivery and Quality at
the Department of Health); Dr Roger Boyle (National Director for Heart
Disease); Dr Mary Sheppard (Consultant Pathologist, Royal Brompton
Hospital); Alison Cox (Founder and Chief Executive of CRY); David Walliams;
and several others.
CRY Chairman Professor Greg Whyte introduced
each of the speakers.
The Reception was heralded as a great success
by those who attended, and it was a compelling reminder of CRY's various
initiatives, and the importance of CRY's work.