Manchester Evening News, 9th September 2019
Next Sunday, Colson Smith – who plays Craig Tinker on Coronation Street – is to join 100 other young men, aged 14 to 35, at a Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) screening day in Castleford. The event will be hosted by the family of his friend, Rory Embling, who tragically passed away at just 26 years old in May of 2014 due to an undiagnosed heart condition.
Rory’s father, Chris Embling, who built a pub in his back garden called ‘Rory’s Return’ in 2015 in order to raise money for CRY, stated: “We are delighted that Colson – fondly known as Craig to so many of us Corrie fans in Yorkshire and across the UK – is so publicly lending his support to our weekend of screening, as well as taking the wise decision as a 21 year old, to be screened himself.”
Thus far, the Friends of Rory Foundation has raised £49,000 and will continue to work to raise funds and campaign for a national screening programme to protect young people from hidden heart conditions to be introduced by government.