CRY Parliamentary Reception 2011

Event host Sir Roger Gale MP
Event host Dr John Pugh MP
Event host Dr John Pugh MP
Event host Kevan Jones MP
Event host George Howarth MP

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 featured in 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 Network members; 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.

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Hugh Mulcahey
CRY Chairman
Dr Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
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Professor Sanjay Sharma
CRY Consultant Cardiologist
Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Secretary of State
for Health
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Lawrence Okoye
GB Athlete; British Discus
Record Holder
Tracey Duncan
GB Athlete and member of the
CRY myheart Network