Vu Vo to Take On London Marathon for CRY in Memory of Best Friend Simon Sin
Newham Recorder, 24th March 2020
Vu was inspired to take up the challenge following the death of his best friend, Simon who passed away in 2018 at the age of just 35 of a sudden cardiac arrest. Vu tells the story:
"I remember clearly being over at Simon’s house, my oldest and best friend since childhood. We were talking up things we would do, saying that in our lifetime we would run the London Marathon. We promised. However, tragically and suddenly within two weeks of this promise, Simon passed away from sudden cardiac arrest."
"In memory of Simon, I’m honouring our promise to run the London Marathon," he continued. "We should act in the now rather than waiting for things to fall into place as it may never happen."
He will be running to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The event has now been postponed till October 4th due to the spread of corona virus. However Vu remains determined to complete this challenge stating: "To be honest, I’m a bit anxious as it is totally out of my comfort zon. Training has been harder than I had realised. I’ve wanted to quit on several of my long runs, but I’ve managed to keep inching forward. I’m determined to get to that finish line."
Rhyl Fundraising Memorial Bike Ride for CRY Cancelled Due to Covid 19
Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal, 20th March 2020
This coming Saturday, more than 35 cyclists were meant to come together in Rhyl for a bike ride in memory of Alex Jones, a young cyclist who passed away a year ago due to an undiagnosed heart condition while on the course. The memorial ride was also intended to be a fundraiser which sought to raise £5,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY); a sum which would provide 100 young people in North Wales with free heart screenings. Unfortunately, the Memorial Ride had to be postponed due to the spread of Covid 19.
"We have postponed the Memorial Ride in view of the latest guidance on Covid-19," said Alex's mother, Audrey. "It is unfortunate that we need to do this but to go ahead in the circumstances would I feel have been irresponsible."
She added: "Hopefully within the next few months we will be able to arrange another date - everything is still in place to get things going again."
Charlotte Luckett Takes On 12 Marathons for CRY in Memory of Her Brother Martyn
North Devon Gazette, 18th March 2020
Charlotte's younger brother, Martyn, suddenly passed away of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2005 at the age of just 19. Since then, Charlotte and her family have been working hard to raise funds and awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) so that potentially life saving heart screenings can be held in North Devon.
This year, Charlotte plans to take on 12 marathons; one for each of the estimated 12 young sudden deaths a week due to undiagnosed cardiac conditions in the UK.
She states: "I will never stop raising awareness or fundraising for CRY until screening is provided for all young people on the NHS to stop these needless deaths. Since Martyn passed away, my family, friends and I have tirelessly raised funds for local screenings so it’s now part of the community; several people have raised money to continue with the screenings, as they’re so vitally important. I wanted to do something a bit different for CRY this year as it’s the last year of my thirties and that’s why I’m taking on the 12 half marathon challenge. I really want to make each race individual to the person I’m running in memory of and to make their lives count."
Police Duo to Take On 2,500 Mile Bike Ride to Gibraltar in Support of CRY
Isle of Wight County Press, 16th March 2020
Police constable Adam Hinkley and his retired colleague Kate Fowles are to take part in a charity motorbike ride to the Rock of Gibraltar in order to raise money for two charities; Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT). The journey of 2,500 miles will take the duo through France and Spain all the way to the Rock of Gibraltar in a challenge which is being called From One Rock to Another.
"We are funding the event ourselves, but looking to raise as much money as possible for two great causes," said Adam. "A number of years ago, my wife Lucy, who now works for the EMCT, lost her brother to an undiagnosed heart condition. Every year since then, her family has raised money for the charity, CRY, so this has inspired me to do my bit."
Family’s Efforts Help CRY Purchase £25k Van in Memory of Daniel Hughes
Stoke on Trent Live, 14th March 2020
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Hughes family, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) now has a new van and the capacity to screen 50,000 more young people. Five years ago, Sue and David Hughes lost their 28 year old son, Daniel, to an undiagnosed heart condition. Since he passed away, the couple and their daughter, Kim, have raised more than £250,000 in his memory for CRY. These funds have already helped the charity screen more that 2,100 young people and potentially save the lives of 62 people who were referred for further testing following their initial screenings. Now, thanks to a donation of £25,000, CRY has a new mobile screening van in its fleet which is to be unveiled at an upcoming screening event in Derby.
Family Organises Fundraising Bike Ride in Memory of Anthony Talbot
Lancashire Post, 12th March 2020
Anthony Talbot was 48 years old when he passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at work. He had known he had a heart condition called cardiomyopathy but was told it was mild. Now, his family has planned four day, 350 mile, fundraising bike ride from Preston to Ireland in order to support Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and North West Air Ambulance in memory of Anthony. The cycle will be led by Anthony's brother Rob and is being planned to take place between the 30th of June and 4th of July.
"Rob is a keen cyclist and has completed lots and lots of charity events in the past," said Anthony's wife Joanne. "It used to be that Anthony would meet him at the end to cheer him on. They were very close brothers, best friends really, and saw each other nearly every day. Organising and training for this bike ride has been good for Rob because it’s given him something to focus on and has helped him with the process of grieving."
She added: "It’s so important to keep it running and we also want to support CRY who have tested our friends and family for cardiomyopathy since Anthony died."
Kirsty Jones to Run London Marathon for CRY in Memory of Friend
Northamptonshire Telegraph, 12th March 2020
Kirsty will be running to support Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of a university friend who passed away at just 21 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition.
"This is definitely going to be my biggest challenge yet," Kirsty said. "But after nine years of trying to get into the London Marathon through the ballot, I always had CRY at the forefront of my mind as the charity I wanted to run it for and have previously raised money for them when I did a skydive in Germany. This year I applied for London Marathon through CRY and was overjoyed to be offered a place by them. I have had my own heart issues over the years and so know how important screenings through CRY can be. But I also wanted to raise money for this charity after a friend of mine from university died from young sudden cardiac death syndrome, he was only 21 and taken far, far too young. Deaths like these can be prevented and the work and screenings that CRY do can really help."
Family Fundraises for Potentially Life Saving Heart Screenings in Memory of Son Aaron Dixon
Northwich Guardian, 7th August 2015
Aaron Dixon passed away at only 23 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Since his tragic death in 2011, his family have worked hard to prevent other families from suffering the loss they have, fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to provide free screenings for youth between the ages of 14 and 35.
"It's sort of bittersweet really because we didn't really know anything about it and would have had Aaron screened if we had," said Aaron's mother Deborah, emphasising why it is so important to have young people screened. "Aaron was really fit and healthy – he went to the gym and played football. But, if there is a defect, the more they exercise the more it stimulates the heart and it makes it worse. It's sickening really that you encourage your children to be healthy and unknowingly it's killing them."
Deborah Dixon Named Granada’s Fundraiser of the Year for Her Work in Support of CRY
ITV News, 8th October 2019
From amongst many amazing fundraisers from the region, Debbie Dixon was awarded Granada's Fundraiser of the Year for her work in support of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of her son Aaron. She was interviewed by Pride of Britain reporter Victoria Grimes after hearing the good news of her win.
Deborah Dixon Awarded for CRY Fundraising in Memory of Son Aaron
Cheshire Life, 1st December 2019
Since losing her 23 year old son Aaron to an undiagnosed heart defect in 2011 Deborah Dixon has raised more £250,000 for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, providing free cardiac screenings for young people. This year, she won Pride of Britain's North West Fundraiser of The Year which was presented to her by Charlotte Carney, whose own potentially fatal heart condition was discovered through attending one of Deborah's screening events.
Debbie Dixon Listed Among Inspirational Women of Cheshire For Her Work Supporting CRY
Knutsford Guardian, 8th March 2020
Debbie was recognised for her inspiring work in helping thousands of young people receive potentially life saving heart screenings following the death of her own 23 year old son, Aaron, of an underlying heart condition in 2013. Debbie organises up to 10 heart screening days a year; each event allowing up to 100 young people a free heart screening.
Witham Family Raises Funds for CRY in Memory of Daughter Kayleigh Griffiths
Essex Live, 2nd March 2020
Twenty-three year old Kayleigh Griffiths was on holiday in Spain with a friend when she suddenly collapsed by the swimming pool. It was later discovered that she suffered a heart attack by the pool and another one subsequently in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. She was on life support for three days, with doctors doing their best to revive her, but eventually her parents, Leon and Wendy, received the devastating news that there was no brain activity.
"She wouldn't be able to breathe on her own or perform any of the other functions. She was being totally supported by the machine," said Leon."They came to the conclusion that there was no brain activity so we had to say goodbye to her. It was horrendous, absolutely horrendous... We didn't actually know it was her heart until we had the results of the post mortem, which was quite a while after. She had an undiagnosed condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy."
Following this tragedy, Leon and Wendy began researching their daughter's condition. This led them to Cardiac Risk in The Young (CRY) and to getting involved in fundraising and raising awareness for the charity to conduct heart screenings for young people. They have now raised enough money to fund a heart screening in their home town.
"It takes the whole day and they bring all the equipment to monitor everybody, it's an electrocardiogram (ECG) and they know what they're looking for. They also bring an ultrasound in case there's anything they're not happy with," Leon explained.
Kayleigh's family raised around £8,500 for the screening; £5,000 for the actual event, with the rest going towards support CRY's work in raising awareness and researching cardiac conditions in young people. Since setting up the Kayleigh Memorial Fund following their daughter's death in 2017, Wendy and Leon have raised more than £20,000 to help young people at risk.
CRY's Chief Executive, Dr Steven Cox, stated: "The vast majority of our screenings are supported through the inspiring and tireless fundraising efforts of families who have suffered the tragic and sudden loss of a child, sibling or partner. I find it so humbling that families, such as Kayleigh’s - who have raised over £17,000 in order to bring screenings to their local area - are able to see beyond their own horrendous experience to raise funds and awareness for CRY, playing a vital part in preventing other families from having to endure the same devastating grief as they have."
Cyclists Unite to Fundraise for CRY in Memory of Alex Jones
North Wales Chronicle, 26th February 2020
An avid cyclist, 30 year old Alex Jones was out on his bike when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and passed away in March of last year. To mark the anniversary of his passing, 35 of his cycling friends have planned to do a fundraising charity ride with the aim of raising £5000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in Alex's memory. Alex's mother, Audrey, said: "Alex was out cycling on a sunny afternoon in the Denbighshire hills that he loved when he suffered a cardiac arrest and died. He was just 20 minutes into his ride. Having experienced the devastation of losing our son in this way we want to do what we can to raise awareness and support CRY’s work to cut sudden young cardiac deaths. We have set up a CRY Memorial Fund for Alex and all proceeds from the day will go to the fund."
The Alex Jones Memorial Charity Ride will take place on Saturday, 28th March.
Asda Donates £1,000 to Jack’s Appeal with CRY as Part of Their ‘Chosen By You’ Scheme
South Wales Argus, 24th February 2020
Under the scheme, customers nominate a charity by donating a shopping token and the charities with the three highest numbers of tokens receive a donation. Jack's Appeal with Cardiac Risk in the Young was chosen at the Asda store in Blackwood. The fund provides free cardiac screenings to young people between the ages of 14 and 35 at Oakdale Surgery and was set up by June Thomas in memory of her son Jack, who passed away of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2012 at just 15 years old. The amount usually given for Asda's charity scheme is £500 but was doubled to celebrate the store's anniversary.
Kevin Macnicol Fundraises for CRY in Memory of Hamish Ross
The Northern Times, 25th February 2020
Golspie resident Kevin Macnicol, 36, has asked friends and family to donate to the Hamish Ross Memorial Fund for his birthday on February 29th instead of giving him presents. The Memorial Fund raises money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of 15 year old Hamish Ross who passed away suddenly last year. The fundraiser is open for three weeks and raised £245 in the first two days.