The Heart of West London partnership is a group of organisations working together to change the game for heart health.
The partnership is made up of Brentford FC, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), Resuscitation Council UK, Pablo London and A-K-A Day.
Together the partnership hopes to raise awareness of game-changing research and drive forward our knowledge of cardiovascular disease to discover more effective treatments, and drive education and training within our local communities.
Dr Steven Cox, CRY CEO says, “Every week in the UK, 12 apparently ‘fit and healthy’ young people will die from undiagnosed heart conditions. That’s why CRY wants every person (aged 14-35) to have the opportunity to have their heart tested (www.testmyheart.org.uk)
“The launch of the Heart of West London partnership coincides with an important milestone for CRY – the announcement that we have now tested over 250,000 young people in the UK, through our screening programme. As a result, more than 800 young people will have been identified with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and will have received treatment, lifestyle advice or corrective surgery which will have dramatically reduced their chance of suffering a cardiac arrest. This partnership will help to raise awareness of the importance of screening and young lives will be saved.
“But we know screening is not perfect and will not identify everyone at risk, and that is why it is essential that every person, young and old, knows how to carry out CPR. Every person should be confident to help when they witness a person suffering a cardiac arrest. Every second is vital and with a bit of knowledge every person has the potential to be a lifesaver.
“We are so pleased to be part of this initiative which is going to raise awareness of screening, raise awareness of how to do CPR and raise vital funds for the crucial research which will save so many lives.”
Cardiovascular disease affects us all. And together we want to make a big impact. Our activity will focus on:
1. AWARENESS – getting CPR and Defibrillator training to as many people as possible so everyone can learn the skills to save a life
2. EXERCISE – getting people moving and understanding the simple changes they can make in their lives to improve their cardiac health
3. SCREENING – preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through additional screenings
4. RESEARCH – raising money for funding innovative treatment, equipment and research into cardiac health
5. SUPPORT – supporting families affected by cardiac conditions
Former player and manager at Brentford FC, Andy Scott became a Patron of CRY following his own diagnosis with an underlying heart condition, which led to his retirement from the pitch in 2005. Having played for the Club back in the late 90s, Andy returned to the Club on two separate contracts (2007 and again in 2015) as part of its management / talent scout team.
In 2007, Tom Clabburn died of a heart condition aged just 14. Tom was a local schoolboy and Brentford fan and, in June 2009, with the assistance of Andy Scott, his family helped facilitate the final screening in CRY’s pioneering UK-wide ‘testmyheart’ tour at Brentford’s old Griffin Park ground. Since then, the family have continued to campaign tirelessly and to sponsor yearly free CRY heart screenings for young people living in the Brentford / Ealing area.
In November 2018 Rob Rowan tragically died at the age of 28. Rob had been with Brentford FC for many years and had just earlier in the year been promoted to Technical Director. His death had a tremendous impact across football BEES UNITED TRIBUTE TO ROB ROWAN | Bees United. Since Rob’s death the club have gone to great lengths to help raise awareness of cardiac conditions in young people as well as support his wife Suzanne, Rob’s friends and colleagues to raise funds to screen young people in the local community.
At the end of April 2022, Christian Eriksen and the club’s manager Thomas Frank, attended one of CRY’s screening events which Suzanne had organised in memory of Rob, at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub. Watch the video here.
We are so grateful to everyone involved with Brentford FC for their incredible support, and all they have done for CRY.
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