North Devon Gazette, 18th March 2020
Charlotte’s younger brother, Martyn, suddenly passed away of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2005 at the age of just 19. Since then, Charlotte and her family have been working hard to raise funds and awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) so that potentially life saving heart screenings can be held in North Devon.
This year, Charlotte plans to take on 12 marathons; one for each of the estimated 12 young sudden deaths a week due to undiagnosed cardiac conditions in the UK.
She states: “I will never stop raising awareness or fundraising for CRY until screening is provided for all young people on the NHS to stop these needless deaths. Since Martyn passed away, my family, friends and I have tirelessly raised funds for local screenings so it’s now part of the community; several people have raised money to continue with the screenings, as they’re so vitally important. I wanted to do something a bit different for CRY this year as it’s the last year of my thirties and that’s why I’m taking on the 12 half marathon challenge. I really want to make each race individual to the person I’m running in memory of and to make their lives count.”