Frome man will be part of national campaign

A popular Frome man is one of the faces at the forefront of the latest campaign being run by a country-wide charity.

Julian Wort died suddenly of a rare heart condition four years ago, having shown no symptoms of any ill health.

He was only 28 at the time and, since then, his mother Shirley has been campaigning to raise awareness through the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Now Julian, and seven other young people who died of a heart condition, are appearing on postcards being distributed by the charity.

Mrs Wort said: “If these postcards raise the profile of CRY and the Julian Wort Memorial Fund and we can save just one more life, it will all have been worth it.

“At the launch of the postcards in Exeter last week, it was very emotional for me and my husband because to see our son’s face blown up on a large screen was tough – but hopefully this campaign will make it all worthwhile.

“By showing just some of the faces behind the stories we read and hear about all too often, we can help people begin to understand the heartbreak caused by this cruel killer. Hopefully it will highlight the fact that it can happen to anyone, at anytime and usually without warning.”

This month, hundreds of the postcards will be distributed by CRY supporters to people in the South West, urging them to send it back to their local MP.

A new card will be launched every month, portraying victims from 12 regions in the UK.

If anybody would like a postcard they can collect them from the Frome and Somerset Standard office at 23a Market Place.