On Wednesday October 12th CRY held its annual Parliamentary Reception at
Westminster. The event was hosted by Roger Gale MP, Dr John Pugh MP and
Kevan Jones MP and was the key event in CRY’s Raising Awareness Week.
Guest of Honour at the event was Lawrence Okoye - GB Athlete and British
Discus Record Holder. His presence at the event was subsequently
this Croydon Guardian article.
The evening received fantastic cross-party
support, with over 40 MPs attending the event to show their support for CRY’s campaigning.
We are very
grateful to all those Parliamentarians who found the time to attend.
Other guests at the event were CRY supporters
/ families; CRY myheart
CRY Patrons Simon Halliday and
Bill Neely; Elite GB athletes Peter Chambers, Emelia Gorecka, Twinelle
Hopeson, Elliot Safo and Stephanie Twell; representatives from CRY corporate supporters
Calor Gas; medical
professionals; representatives from sporting
organisations; CRY Trustees; CRY Research Fellows; CRY staff – and many others.
There were a number of speakers at the event. MC for the evening
was CRY Chairman Hugh Mulcahey and he introduced: The Rt Hon Dr Vince
Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills;
Professor Sanjay Sharma, CRY Consultant Cardiologist; Andy Burnham MP,
Shadow Secretary of State for Health; Lawrence Okoye, Elite GB Athlete
and British Discus Record Holder; Alison Cox MBE, Founder and Chief
Executive of CRY; and Tracey Duncan, myheart Network member and
GB Athlete. During her speech, Alison Cox presented Dr Vince Cable MP with a painting
to thank him for his tremendous support of CRY over the years.
As well as summarising CRY's achievements,
speakers talked about CRY's ongoing contribution to research and CRY's
expanding screening programme - including the screening of elite
athletes who will represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
The impact of young sudden cardiac death on
local communities was also highlighted; as well as the importance of
offering support to young people diagnosed with a condition through
CRY's myheart Network.
The Reception received overwhelming positive feedback
from those who attended, and it was a compelling reminder of CRY's various
initiatives, and the importance of CRY's work.
Dr Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business,
Innovation and Skills