CRY Representatives

The role of a CRY Representative is to be an advocate for CRY and to have input in the development of CRY’s aims and initiatives in their designated area.

Dave and June Boulton – Bristol

We became aware of CRY following the sudden death of our son Jack in August 2009. Jack, who was 17, collapsed during football training in Saltford on August 19th 2009. Jack was a talented sportsman and had a bright academic future ahead of him. He attended the sixth-form at Wellsway School and played football for...

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Deborah Dixon – Cheshire

Aaron James Dixon born on the 23rd September 1987. Aaron was a much longed for child and I loved him beyond words the first moment I saw him. Aaron was such a beautiful, happy and contented baby. He grew into a very handsome, cheeky, fun-loving boy. Aaron was loved by everyone he met and he...

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Rebekah Goddard – Dorset

After almost seventeen years of suffering what I was initially told were ‘panic attacks’, I was finally diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome two months prior to marrying my husband Ian. Seventeen years which were filled with moments of terror for those around me, who were witness to some of the many so called ‘life threatening...

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Sue Fisher – Southampton

I still find it hard to believe that June 28th 2012 was the last day of my then 30 year old son Phil Standing’s life. Phil, always the strong one, the hard worker, the sportsman, the handsome one, the amusing one, the good friend, the man with the twinkling eyes, husband to Kate, father to...

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Dani West – Derbyshire

I first met Sam Wright when we started the same secondary school at 11 years old. Before long we became good friends and I was constantly amazed and inspired by his enthusiasm for fun and adventure. He saw the best in everyone in everything and had a strong passion for making others happy. I can...

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Sian Donnelly – Bromley

I suppose my ‘story’ starts in 2004. We were a few days in to a family holiday when my fit and healthy 17 year old brother collapsed and died. Following two post mortems (one in Cyprus, and one in the UK) the coroner ruled his death as SADS (sudden adult death syndrome). How can a...

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Joseph Tanner – Brighton/Sussex

My name is Joseph Richard Tanner and I’m proud to be a representative for C-R-Y and all the work they do. I hope to further raise awareness for C-R-Y in this role and be an advocate for C-R-Y in this position. I got involved with C-R-Y after suffering a Cardiac arrest in 2008 at the...

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Geoff & Linda Goodwin – Gloucester

On Saturday 21st July our eldest son, Tony, contacted us to say that our daughter-in-law, Rachel, had been trying to get us by telephone to say that Ashley had suffered a heart attack and was in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. It was inexplicable to us at the time, as he had just undertaken rigorous physical exercise...

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Cat Burns – Hampshire

I first became aware of CRY in 2008, shortly after the sudden death of one of our cousin’s, Ralph. He was 28, fit, healthy and like all of us, unaware that Brugada Syndrome existed; let alone within our family. After Ralph passed away, testing showed several members of the family had Brugada Syndrome, and initially...

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Sandra & Jeff Markham – Middlesex

When in November 2001 our son James collapsed and died outside the family home, we were devastated. How could a seemingly fit and active twenty one year old die without warning? At the time of James’ death Sandra was recovering from a broken leg and our GP made a house call. He thought James may...

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Mallory Brand – London

I’m Mallory, a director at an events agency and live with my boyfriend in South London. I enjoy making home-made pasta, and drinking red wine (as that’s good for your heart, right?), while listening to some 80s music or counting down to Christmas. I was diagnosed with Wolffe-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome when in July 2012 I...

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Elaine Ward – Derbyshire

It was Friday, 18th December 1992, our last day before the Christmas holidays: Neil aged 17, Alistair aged 15, my husband Ian at Sheffield University and myself a teacher. I’d been so proud that day as I’d taken in some professional photos of us we’d just had taken. Little did I know that I wouldn’t...

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Melanie Webster – Suffolk

I became aware of CRY early in 2012 following the sudden death of my daughter Lily. We live in Stowmarket in Suffolk and on 16/01/12 our world changed forever, Lily aged 15 was in the final year of high school when she collapsed during a school trampolining session at the local leisure centre. Despite great...

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Tara Field – Kent

My name is Tara Field and I am the eldest from a family of 5 children. My family consists of Dad (Ray), Mum (Pauline), Tom, Tiffany and Tasmin. My other sister Therese died suddenly aged 16 years. Therese, Tom and myself had been on holiday at Butlins in Minehead with our Church. On the 4th...

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Anne Thomas – South Glamorgan

Our son Gareth died in his sleep, aged 21 years, on February 25th 2007. He had graduated from University with a degree in International Politics and Law the previous summer. He had recently moved into a house with his oldest friends and they were all busy finding jobs, playing 5–a–side football together and playing in...

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Ruth Lowe – Lancashire

Two and a half years ago I had never heard of CRY or Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. On 12th April 2004 my only child Andrew died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 21. My Husband Dave and I were away on holiday in Oxford making the most of the Easter break, at the time...

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Peter & Caroline Gard – Essex

We live in Frinton-on-Sea, on the Essex coast, a place famous for its fish and chip shop and “soon to be” pub! It’s a good place to live for a family of sports lovers such as ourselves, with tennis, squash, golf and cricket clubs all on the doorstep, not to mention a beautiful sandy beach....

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Katy Turberville – Hertfordshire

Our daughter Hannah died suddenly in her sleep in February 2007. She was just 7 years old. Hannah was the twin to Lucy and brother to Oliver. With just 16 months between the births of Oliver and the girls we had had a busy time, but the children were a great team and we were...

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Peter Teale – West Midlands

My name is Peter Teale, I live in Cheslyn Hay near Walsall, West Midlands. Our lives changed forever on the 15 September 2009 – this is the day that my eldest daughter Zoe died suddenly in her sleep. Zoe was only 23 years old when she died. She worked as a fitness instructor and was...

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Deborah Strathie – North Lanarkshire

Our precious, beautiful son, born 2 August 1999, passed away 7 January 2006 aged 6 years, he was our first child and our pride and joy. Cameron passed suddenly in our living room whilst watching TV with his little sister Leah, aged 2. He had been suffering from a bad flu but that day and...

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Ulrike Rowbottom – Oxfordshire

As CRY Representative for Oxfordshire I hope to raise much needed awareness for CRY and all it stands for. Cardiac Risk in the Young, in its many and varied forms, is often a hidden time bomb ticking away undetected. Simply put, this needs to change! Having experienced from close quarters what such a death means, the...

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Maureen Marshall and Hayley Crosbie (nee Marshall) – Lancashire

My husband John and I had our eldest son, John, in Liverpool and we decided to emigrate to South Africa when John was 3 years of age. After 3 and a half years there, we moved back to Bournemouth and had our daughter Hayley. After 10 wonderful years by the seaside, a big decision in...

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Rishka Haughton – West Sussex

John died on his 30th Birthday, 31st May 2009. We met in 2001 and moved in together in 2002. We met in Edinburgh while I was at University and moved to Carlisle then Belfast (where John’s family lived). We had recently got married (in August 2007) and we moved from Belfast to the Orkney Islands...

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Tony & Joan Hillier – Northamptonshire

Our daughter died suddenly in 2003 aged 21 years. It was two years later that we found CRY. Since then we have raised money regularly for Laura’s memorial fund at CRY. Joan has been a CRY Bereavement Supporter since 2006; and Tony has spoken at several annual CRY medical conferences and contributed to the CRY...

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Charlotte Henderson – North Devon

My brother Martyn moved up to Swindon with me in April 2005 to find work and to get a bit of life experience away from home. Whilst he was up with me I think he learnt an awful lot about life without our parents’ support and I believe he actually found himself as an individual....

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Shelagh Green – Lothain

Having been together since meeting at Aberdeen University, James and I finally got round to getting married in November 2001. Six months later James went off to play cricket and didn’t come home. He collapsed during a game and was rushed to nearby Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – when I arrived the medics had been trying...

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Donna & Rich Fell – East Yorkshire

We live in Hornsea, East Yorkshire which is a small seaside town on the East coast. We are honoured to be asked to represent CRY in East Yorkshire. We lost our son Josh, aged 15, on the 9th June 2011. He went out to play football with his friends on a warm summer’s evening and...

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Sue Dewhirst – Shropshire

I found out about CRY on 20 July 2012, the day after my only son, Matthew, died aged 17½. It was the county coroner who suggested my husband Chris and I Google for ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ to find out why our extremely fit boy should suddenly go. I think in the back of...

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Maralyn Bowen – Teeside

“We lost our 19 year old son Ian in October 1996. Ian had played golf in the morning, been to his part time job in the afternoon and gone for a night out with his mates. He collapsed and died one hour after leaving home. The worst part about Sudden Death Syndrome is that are...

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Maureen Ward – Pembrokeshire

Maureen Ward has been a resident of Tenby all her adult life and in that time has had a major impact on this idyllic seaside medieval town. Her popularity led to her being appointed Mayor of Tenby three times in four years – the only lady to be re-elected in Tenby’s 606 year history! A...

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Kathy Moyle – Devon (Exeter)

County Representative Sudden cardiac death syndrome has taken three members of my family, who all died from Long Q.T. syndrome. My first daughter, Pauline, died in 1979 aged 16; Rosaleen died in 2002 aged 38 years. Matthew, Rosaleen’s son, died in 2002 aged 17 years. Without the help of CRY we would be left in...

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John Lundy – Northern Ireland

On Saturday, September 18th 1999 my life changed forever. I received a phone call to come immediately to Coleraine Hospital. When I arrived I was met by the doctor who told me that my youngest son Aaron was dead. Aaron had left home for work at 5am. He returned at 10am and then went to...

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Jenny Thomas – Devon/Cornwall

I was in a deep sleep and somewhere in my dream I could hear a phone ringing. It took a while for me to comprehend it was the bedside phone. The clock on the bed side table said 2:00am. As soon as I picked up the phone I heard my brother’s trembling voice saying “He...

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Jackie & Alan Cousins – South Yorkshire

I live in Swinton, near Rotherham, and am now retired and hoping to help CRY as their representative for the South Yorkshire area. In September 2009 we lost our only son, Bruce, suddenly to an undiagnosed heart condition. Bruce was found sitting on his sofa about to start his supper with the TV remote control...

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Carl & Eunice Johnson – South West London

County Representatives Our daughter, Lisa, was 30 years old when she died from left ventricular failure due to SADS. She lived with us and her little boy, Seth, in the loft conversion and her brother Gareth who also lived at home with us. Our story starts on November 29th 2006, I was leading a conference...

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Benita Davies – West Midlands

County Representative My name is Benita Davies. I live in the Halesowen, West Midlands. I had three children, my daughters Lindsey and Nicola, my son Paul. Paul was the youngest. On 20th January 1999, the day started off as normal – the girls and I went to work, Paul went to college, and their dad...

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Martin Appleby – West London

When I was a young (20) Insurance Agent, I insured a young girl – single parent. She died suddenly, and the tragedy shook me. I am an old colleague of CRY’s Fundraising Manager, Rebecca Zouvani, and I am relieved to discover that something can be done. At the time, no-one had any idea why the...

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Angela Butler – Staffordshire

My name is Angela Butler. I live in Newcastle under Lyme with my husband Phil – we had 2 sons, Nathan and Joshua. We were a very happy family spending lots of time travelling the country supporting Nathan and Josh with all their sporting interests and activities. Wednesday, 22nd February, 2006 started off as another...

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Deborah Anderson – Durham

My name is Deborah Anderson and I was truly blessed to have four healthy fit children. Three daughters and one son. Then in 1998 my son, Dean, caught a chest infection and my family doctor, who examined him, said she thought he may have a heart murmur and would like to have him checked at...

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Diana Bower – Worcestershire

My husband John and I have always treasured our family holidays, especially now as our three daughters grow older and the time we all spend together becomes less and less. But little did I know how much we would appreciate our family holiday in the Dordogne in May 2002. It was the first time we...

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Kenny Bowen – Teeside

“We lost our 19 year old son Ian in October 1996. Ian had played golf in the morning, been to his part time job in the afternoon and gone for a night out with his mates. He collapsed and died one hour after leaving home. The worst part about Sudden Death Syndrome is that are...

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James Brown – Kent

On July 2nd, 2006, my world was turned upside down. My wife Katrina and I had just completed the British 10k run in London, when she collapsed and died at the finish line. Katrina was extremely fit and healthy, and just 30 years old. She had an incredibly healthy lifestyle and loved swimming, yoga and...

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Paddy Jelen – Suffolk

Nina was an apparently healthy girl, happy and well-adjusted. She had had no major illnesses and was quite athletic – swimming and playing soccer for her High School team in the States, where we lived for several years, and playing squash at university. At 4 years old Nina had an unresponsive episode early in the...

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