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CRY Update 69 reports on all the CRY news, events and fundraising from January to April 2016. CRY’s biggest awareness event in this period was our BBC Lifeline appeal, broadcast on BBC One and Two in February, presented by CRY Patron Pixie Lott. She not only made her West End debut that month but her presenting debut too, and it helped make a huge impact. The film attracted an audience of over a million watching terrestrial television and social media. You can still view the programme at www.c-r-y.org.uk/bbc-lifeline-appeal
CRY’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Virgin Money London Marathon, took place on Sunday 24 April in 2016 and 118 CRY runners took part. Everyone at CRY extends our warmest thanks and congratulations to all the runners for tackling the 26.2 miles on the day, as well as the hard miles training before the event. CRY Patron Bill Neely took part for the seventh time for CRY in 2016, a simply astonishing achievement. Please see the article in this issue for more details and all the names of CRY’s runners.
I would also like to make special mention of another £20,000 grant from Beefy’s Charity Foundation in March 2016, to go towards the purchase of an echocardiogram – the third donation authorised by CRY Patron Sir Ian Botham OBE in just over two years. The foundation’s funding since February 2014 has paid for a full CRY screening unit. You can find more information in the CRY Screening Report.
In this issue’s column from CRY Founder Alison Cox MBE, she discusses the difficulty of coping with painful anniversaries for bereaved families, making reference to the latest booklet in CRY’s Aspects of Grief series: Anniversaries following a young sudden cardiac death. A copy of the Anniversaries booklet was sent to every bereaved family on our mailing list in May, and copies are available for free from the CRY office. Please contact us to receive a booklet.