ECG health hope

Pictured from left are lead practice nurse Jayne

Elton, Dr Helen Kingston, Dr Chris Ellis, Julian’s sister Debbie Rushbridge, his

parents Shirley and David Wort and his long term partner Claire Skyner.


only six months the family of Julian Wort raised £5000 to buy life-saving

equipment for the Frome Health Centre in memory of their son.


died suddenly at the age of 28 in March 2000 from a rare heart condition known

as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.


family decided to launch an appeal in his memory through a charity called CRY

(Cardiac Risk in the Young).


wanted to raise enough money to buy a state of the art ECG machine for the Frome

Medical Practice. Those helping to raise money included the Lions Club

and Little Terrors soft play centre. Fund raising events including a

school reunion, karaoke, a skittles competition, coffee mornings, a sponsored

head shave and a sponsored slim.


Wort said: “We, as a family, would like to thank everyone who has supported

us during the last 15 months since losing Julian.]


has been a difficult time for us all, and hopefully, by continuing to raise

awareness, no other family will have to go through such a tragedy as we


The Worts plan to

continue their campaign with CRY.


charities main aims are to raise awareness of symptoms, screening, research and

family support.

Mrs Wort said:

“We want to raise enough money to make possible an ongoing ECG

programme and mobile screening.”


has a mobile screening van and a screening team which works at weekends to carry

out cardiac tests on request.


permission Somerset Standard