Friends to Cycle 950 Miles in Memory of Gareth Roberts
The Leader, 23rd May 2019
Ian Doughty and Simon Hughes met Gareth when they were on a cycling holiday in Majorca. Tragically, back in the UK, Gareth passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition while riding his bike. Now, his friends plan to cycle hundreds of miles - from Land's End to John O' Groats - to raise funds for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). "Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions," said Ian. "With your donation, CRY can reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young. By supporting CRY you will help save young lives from these potentially fatal cardiac conditions." He continued, "we are meeting all costs associated with the challenge ourselves, so you can be confident that every penny raised will go directly to support the brilliant work of Cardiac Risk in the Young." Read More
Family Campaigns to Bring Heart Screenings to Frome in Memory of Son Julian Wort
Frome Times, 21st May 2019
After Julian passed away in 2000 due to an undiagnosed heart condition, his parents, Shirley and David Wort, set up the 'Julian Wort Memorial Fund' with charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). They campaign to raise funds and bring cardiac screenings and awareness of heart conditions to young people in Frome. “Since we started our fundraising in 2001, as a family, and with the support of many friends, clubs and donations, we have raised the wonderful amount of £43,883," said Shirley. “With this money we have donated through CRY, two ECG machines, two defibrillators to Frome Hospital and the medical practice, and funded four screening days where 369 young people were screened for hidden heart problems. And we hope that we have raised awareness of these heart conditions.” To mark the 20th anniversary of Julian's death, the Wort family has organised a heart screening event for young people to be held on the 21st March 2020. “The cost of a screening day to test 100 young people aged between 14 – 35 is £5,000. So we are still actively fund-raising,” said Shirley. Read More
Fundraising Cake Sale in Memory of Aashi Sinha
Romford Recorder, 20th May 2019
An annual cake sale was held last Saturday in memory of Aashi Sinha, an 18 year old who passed away due to a heart problem in 2013. The cake sale, held at the Christ Eternal Church in Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, raised more than £5100 for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to the support of friends, family and the surrounding community.
"I am very much touched with the kindness and support from all our family and friends, together with the level of support from all the local businesses that has helped to make this fundraising cake sale another successful event," said Aashi's mother, Dr Suman Sinha. Read More
England Footballer and CRY Patron Jade Moore Prepares for Second World Cup
Worksop Guardian, 16 May 2019
Ten years ago at the age of 17, England Footballer Jade Moore discovered she had two holes in her heart after a cardiac screening. The discovery meant that the problem was able to be fixed by a device being inserted to close the holes and Moore is now about to embark on her second World Cup in France. The screening she had at 17 was life changing for Jade, eventually influencing her to become a patron of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). “It did happen at a crucial time in my life, and did open my eyes to what life would be like without football. It made me look at life differently," she said of the discovery of her heart defect, adding: "I’m obviously so grateful that the holes were discovered. It saved my life and my football career. Without that screening I wouldn’t be in the England squad right now. I might not even be alive. And that’s why I’m a patron for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young. It’s a cause that is clearly so important to me and they do some fantastic work." Read More
Durham screening in memory of Robert Smith
Chronicle Live, 5th May 2019
Robert Smith's family have raised about £40,000 since his death in 2014 to help fund free heart screening from Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) for young people aged 14 to 35. The latest screening took place in Durham at Langley Park this weekend just gone. Over 100 young people were screened on Saturday with more on the Sunday.
Screening in memory of Robert Rowan at Brentford SportsFEST
Richmond and Twickenham Times, 14th May 2019
Brentford SportsFEST (formally Brentford Challenge) is now in it's seventh year. This year it offered young people aged 14 to 35 the chance to have their hearts screened by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). This screening was funded in memory of Robert Rowan who was Brentford FC's Sporting Director.
Parents Raise Funds and Organise Heart Screenings in Memory of Son, Josh Fell
Hull Daily Mail, 11th May 2019
Richard and Donna Fell lost their 15 year old son, Josh, to sudden arrythmic death syndrome (SADS) eight years ago as he played in an after school football match. He had not been diagnosed with a heart condition previously. Since then his parents have kept his memory alive through raising awareness and funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), raising over £160,000 for the charity. Their efforts have thus far enabled over 1,700 young people to receive free heart screenings. They hope to get free cardiac screenings in all schools across the UK. "If we'd have had a chance like these cardiac screenings to get Josh checked, it's most likely that he would still be here with us today, as it's a 30-second ECG which is painless and could find an underlying heart problem 99 per cent of the time," said Richard. "You can't put a cost on life and if it had been in schools when Josh was alive he might still be here, so we keep campaigning to the government that screenings needs to be in schools as standard practice."
This weekend marks their tenth free heart screening event. "These are our tenth screenings in memory of Josh which are held over two days this weekend, and the fact that the screenings have been continuing for so long is pretty remarkable really," said Richard. "We expect 200 people between the ages of 14 and 35 to come and have an ECG screening. By the end of this weekend we will have had 1,723 people aged 14-35 screened in memory of Josh. Around one in 30 people will have a heart condition, so in theory we will have helped between five and six people to detect a heart problem through these screenings." Read More
Football Academy Offers Free Heart Screenings in Memory of Ben Forsyth
The Scotsman, 13th May 2019
Stirling Albion's Junior Academy has become the first football academy in Scotland to offer free electrocardiogram (ECG) tests to players. These tests can detect most of the defects that can cause "sudden death syndrome"; important, as 80% of 14-35 year olds who die of young sudden cardiac death show no previous symptoms. According to doctors, this is more common among young athletes, with male athletes being more vulnerable than females. Stirling Albion's Junior Academy has partnered with the Ben Forsyth Foundation to offer these screenings. The memorial fund was set up after the death of 20 year old cyclist Ben Forsyth who was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC); an incurable disease of the heart muscles. The Foundation aims to help charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) increase heart screenings and thus reduce the frequency of sudden cardiac death. Read More
Family seeking shirt sponsor for charity match in memory of Tom Henson
Derbyshire Times, 9th May 2019
Tom's family are seeking a football shirt sponsor for the second Tom Henson Charity Football Match at Bolsover Town Sports and Social Club due to take place on June 15th. Funds raised at the match will go towards providing defibrillators and to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to provide heart screenings and grief support.
Fundraising for heart screenings in the Shetlands in memory of John ‘PJ’ Pirie
Shetland News, 9th May 2019
Shetland Heart Screening group (set up by Siobhan Pirie in memory of her husband John 'PJ' Pirie) have launched a campaign to raise £25,000 so that Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) can come to the Shetland Islands and screen young people aged between 14 and 35 for free.
Why Not Run 2019 in memory of Ben Daniels
Kent Sports News, 8th May 2019
The running event is due to take place for the 8th year at Farringtons School on Sunday 12th May with the funds raised going to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) via the Ben Daniels Memorial Fund. CRY ambassadors from Kent County Cricket Club (Calum Haggett and Ivan Thomas) will be attending the event and presenting prizes to the winners.
Quiz night in memory of Jack Atkinson
Clacton Gazette, 7th May 2019
Charnallies Restaurant in Clacton has held a number of events raising over £1,000 for CRY in memory of Jack Atkinson. Their next event will be held on June 23rd when they will be a charity quiz night.
Cricketer Spencer Byatt runs the London Marathon to raise money for CRY
Stoke on Trent Live, 2nd May 2019
Spencer Byatt finished the marathon even after sustaining a knee injury in 4 hours, 20 minutes and 17 seconds. He was deteminded to finish to honour the memory of his father, John, who suddenly passed away in June 2017. He has raised over £3,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Prescot Cables FC hosts charity match in memory of Jack Riding
YM Liverpool, 2nd May 2019
The Prescot Cables Reserves took on the CRY Select XI (which included stars such as boxer Tony Bellew) in a charity match in memory of Jack Riding who died of an undiagnosed heart condition. The game raised money to support the Riding family and towards free heart screenings organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Father Works with Cardiac Risk in the Young in Memory of Son, Damien Jewell
Chronicle Live, 26th April 2019
David Jewell lost his 28 year old son, Damien, in 2001 to acute myocarditis - an inflammation of a heart muscle for which there is no preventative medical treatment. Damien had not been aware that he had this condition and showed no signs of ill health previously. His father, David, wants to make sure no other families have to suffer this tragedy. After retiring, he has been working with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to promote and provide heart screenings, fund research and offer support to bereaved families. David eventually became CRY's regional representative, helping to organise CRY's first North Tyneside Seaside Walk last year; this year's walk planned for Saturday 27th.
"When we lost Damien it seemed like the end of the world had occurred, " David said. "At that time, all I did was just bury myself in my job. I remember going back to work and my colleagues saying 'What are you doing here David?'" He continued: "You never get over something as traumatic and eventful as that," he added. "You learn to cope with it. Now that I have retired, I just want to give something back. I want to help raise awareness of the devastating effect of cardiac issues in the young." Read More