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CRY Update 74 reports on all the CRY news, events and fundraising from September to December 2017.
October was an important month for research with the annual CRY Conference in London. A wide range of experts presented, including several CRY Research Fellows, CRY Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma and Professor Mary Sheppard, Consultant Cardiac Pathologist at CRY’s Centre for Pathology. You can read about the presentations and all the research discussed on the day on page 24.
Another highlight of October was the eighth CRY Heart of Durham Walk, an event to help spread awareness and give families an opportunity to gather together and walk in memory or support of someone. In 2017, 230 walkers took part and represented CRY on a route past some of the city’s iconic sites, from Durham Cathedral to Durham Castle. You can read about the day on page 28.
In November we released our #CRY4Friends campaign, which was launched alongside our new support booklet, ‘A Friend’s Grief following a young sudden cardiac death’. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to speak up about the grief they are going through after the loss of a friend and know that they are not alone. You can read more about the campaign and some of the support it’s received on page 14.
We also had our most successful CRY Great Cake Bake ever in November, raising £31,000 as 115 people signed up for information packs for the event. Turn to page 31 to read more and see photos of some of the amazing cakes.
To bring November to a close, we hosted our 16th annual CRY Parliamentary Reception on November 22nd. Speakers included Professor Sanjay Sharma, CRY Founder Alison Cox, and guest speaker Montana Brown, who appeared on ITV’s ‘Love Island’ and supported our #CRY4Friends campaign. CRY Chief Executive Dr Steven Cox also gave a powerful speech to rally the support of MPs. You can read a full write-up of the event on page 38.
For her Update 74 column, Alison Cox wrote about the critical issue of family screening, which can be read on page 18.