BBC Radio Cumbria – Dr Steven Cox & David Hughes
CRY CEO Dr Steven Cox spoke with Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning about the importance of CRY screenings, followed by CRY supporter, David Hughes, who is holding a screening for 100 young interns at the Barrow Shipyard this weekend, in memory of his son, Daniel.
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Fundraising Fun Day and Cricket Tournament in Memory of Dan Hughes
Stoke Sentinel, 13th July 2019
Dan Hughes passed away at just 28 years old in March of 2015. Since then, his parents, Sue and David Hughes have been fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in his memory, raising more than £200,000 to support the charity's heart screenings for young people. The Dan Hughes Memorial Cricket Tournament and Fun Day is their annual event, this year held at the Bignall End Cricket Club on Sunday. This year, visitors had a chance to win a Kia Picanto, supplied by Ken Jervis Kia in Cobridge.
“We are very grateful to Mark Hudson and everyone at Ken Jervis Kia for supporting us in this way. It’s fantastic we have been able to work together to make this happen,” said David. “This is our biggest fund raising event of the year and we are hoping the chance to win this brand new car will attract even more people.” Read More
CRY in the Running to Receive £100,000 in Community Funding from Tesco Stevenage
The Comet, 15th July 2019
As Tesco's marks its centenary with its special Bags of Health Funding Grants, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been put forward as one of the nominees to receive £100,000 at the Tesco in Stevenage. Customers at the store will be given a blue token with each carrier bag purchased which they can use to vote for the charity or project which they think deserves the grant money.
"In 2019, we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers," said Alec Brown, Tesco's Head of Community. "What better way to celebrate this occasion than by using our flagship community grant scheme, Bags of Help, to support even more groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Britain. We encourage our shoppers to register their votes while in store and help support projects delivering health and wellbeing benefits in their local area."
BAE Systems Apprentices to Receive CRY Cardiac Screenings
The Mail, 15th July 2019
BAE Systems apprentices in Barrow are to receive Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) heart screenings on Wednesday this week after an offer from Barrow-based engineer David Hughes, whose son Daniel passed away suddenly in 2015 due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Since then, David and his family have been working with CRY to raise awareness of cardiac conditions in young people. More than 100 apprentices have already signed up for the screening event in Barrow this week.
“From my own personal experience, having lost my son at the age of 28 from an undiagnosed heart condition, I can’t stress enough the importance of attending if you have an appointment. It only takes 15 minutes to have the ECG and, if it picks an issue, up the CRY team is on hand to provide advice,” said David. “It’s great that BAE Systems has decided to screen a number of their new apprentices here in Barrow. I hope this is the start of a regular series of testing that could change and potentially save a life.”
“Raising awareness of this condition is vital and if just one person is given advice as a result of the screening it will have been time well spent,” said Ian Burns, Safety, Health and Environment Director at BAE Systems.
CRY Nominated for Tesco’s Bags of Help Centenary Grant
Saddleworth Independent, 14th July 2019
Since its launch in 2015, the Tesco's Bags of Help scheme, run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, has provided over 25,000 community projects across the country with more than £75 million. This round offers special grants that will see shoppers vote for one of three groups or organisations to receive £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000. Customers will be able to cast their votes using a token given to them at check out whenever they shop in-store.
In the months of July and August, the focus will be on projects which support health and well-being, with priority placed on cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is one of the nominees at Tesco's Greenfield, along with Maggie Oldham and Street Games UK.
"Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we've been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores," said Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco.
Groundwork's National Chief Executive stated: "Bags of help continues to enable local communities to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them."
Father and Friend Take On Monumental Challenge in Memory of Ben Forsyth
Edinburgh News, 9th July 2019
Ben Forsyth had a cardiac screening in 2013 which revealed an irregularity in his heart, leading to him being referred to the NHS. In May of 2015, after suffering with breathing problems, he had an MRI scan which led to the discovery that he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC); a progressive and incurable disease of the heart muscles. A keen cyclist, this discovery meant he had to stop and live a less athletic life. However, despite this, Ben passed away last year from a sudden cardiac event.
Now, his father, Keith Forsyth, and friend, Hamish Carrick, are to take on an extreme version of The Nation Three Peaks Challenge in his honour and to raise money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Normally, The Three Peaks Challenge has participants climb the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis - with a driver taking them between each mountain within 24 hours. However, Keith and Hamish's version of the challenge will see them cycling between each mountain as well, in a journey of 463 miles with 9000 metres of climbing in total to be completed in 48 hours.
They aim to raise money for CRY so that other young athletes might benefit from their potentially life saving heart screenings. "When I first came up with the idea I was looking for something which was a real proper good challenge," said Hamish. “ A friend had raised money for Ben and for CRY by cycling the West Highland Way and it raised a lot of money and it was really nice to see friends and families coming together and helping each other through the struggles we were all facing.
“I’ve cycled for as long as I can remember and I used to race with Ben, we first met when we were 14 in the Edinburgh Rode Club as teammates, so it was only natural to do a cycling focused challenge.”
Ben's dad, Keith stated : “When Ben passed away we had a collection for CRY at his funeral and that kicked things off with the fundraising. We opened a memorial fund and have been raising money to put on cardiac screenings locally. For every £5000 raised we can ask CRY to screen 100 young people. At the moment, we are running two dates for screenings on the 10th and 11th of August, but the 11th is fully booked and we are hoping to put on more.”
So far, the two cyclists have raised almost £1,800 and are hoping to raise as much as possible before they begin their epic journey on Friday. Read More
Eight Year Old Ollie Wins Maltings Hero Award After Charity Cycle Ride for CRY
The Herts Advertiser, 8th July 2019
Ollie Higman-Hall cycled ten miles via the Alban Way to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of his father Darren Hall who passed away at 30 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Ollie's mother, Kirsty, was only nine weeks pregnant with him at the time. Kirsty later remarried to Tim Higman and Ollie has a four year old younger brother, Theo. His stepfather and brother joined him for half of his charity ride while his mum was with him for the whole route.
"The cycle ride was fantastic, Ollie completed over 11 miles and Theo did six miles," Kirsty said. "We have raised over £2,182 so far. Everybody is so proud of him. Major surgeons from around the world have commented on Twitter how well he has done. Theo cycled six miles and he is only four."
Ollie's efforts have won him the Maltings Community Hero Award and £100 to spend in Maltings. "I feel excited to have won this," he said. "I am proud of myself. I am not yet sure what I am going to spend the money on." Read More
Blackbrook FC Hosts Charity Football Match for CRY
St Helens Star, 5th July 2019
The football match between Blackbrook Legends and Beeches FC Legends was hosted by Blackbrook FC in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Willowbrook Hospice. Andrew Waddilove, Blackbrook FC Legends captain, organised the event with help from friends and family who contributed bouncy castles, barbecue, tuck shop, raffles and a disco. Almost 400 people attended the match in support of both teams - raising close to £3500 to be split between the two charities - and there is now talk of making it an annual event. Read More
Three Shropshire Women to Take On 50km Trek for CRY in Memory of Nathan Jenkins
Shropshire Star, 5th July 2019
The three close friends, Lucy Jones, Paula Reynolds and Jo Thelwell, are to face a tough climb in the Brecon Beacons to raise money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Their challenge is a meaningful one, especially for Jo.
"In 2013 my partner, Nathan Jenkins, passed away suddenly. He was only 41. He had shown no symptoms and was fit and healthy. His death was from SADS, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome," she said. "If the screening that CRY offer today had been available to Nathan as a youngster he may still be alive today. Because of this both our children are regularly tested for any changes within their heart. They were only 11 months and three years old at the time of losing their Daddy. This was devastating to all our family and friends, it is something we all have to carry through life, my children especially. " Read More
Canterbury School Teacher Fiona Tucker’s Family Raises Awareness of CRY in Her Memory
Kent Online, 4th July 2019
Primary school teacher and mum Fiona Tucker passed away in her sleep at just 29 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Her family was left in a state of shock and grief.
“It hit us like a bomb exploding and has changed our lives forever,” her mother Janice said. “I kept saying to myself, ‘how could it happen’ because she was so active and healthy.”
Her family is now keen to raise awareness of the condition which took Fiona's life through supporting the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Last year, her family and friends completed the London Bridges Walk, raising £1200 for the charity to go towards their heart screenings for young people.
“When I tell people that up to 15 young people a week die like Fiona, they can’t believe it,” said Janice. “That’s why it is so important to get the message out, to let people know this can happen so suddenly while someone is sleeping when their heart rate and blood pressure drops. The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, who have been amazing to us, described it to me as like a light switch being turned off.” She added: “We take a crumb of comfort in that she did not suffer in any way, but we wouldn’t want anyone else to go through it.” Read More
Friends Fundraise in Memory of Nick Stanley
Jewish News, 3rd July 2019
Nick Stanley passed away last month at the age of 33 after playing football. Now his friends Elliott and Danielle Taylor, Joshua and Sophie Gladstein and Jeremy and Lisa Shaw are set to run 10km to raise money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in his memory. The group hope to raise over £5000 for the charity to hold a heart screening event that will see 100 young people between the ages of 14 and 35 tested for heart conditions. In order to achieve their goal, they are to take on the Shoreditch 10K Adidas City Run this month as well as the Lee Valley VeloPark race in August. The crowdfunding campaign ('Running for Nick' on www.justgiving.com) they launched last week has already raised £2700, with 100 donations ranging from £10 to £250.
“Nick was playing football that night which was something he loved. It was a complete shock,” said Joshua, who was with Nick just before he passed away. “A young life of 33 was taken too early, and if we can scan a hundred people and even just one of those people gets identified as having a heart issue, you’ve effectively saved another life.” Read More
Mark Tami MP Shows Support for CRY
The Leader, 4th July 2019
MP of Alyn and Deeside Mark Tami showed his support for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), attending the charity's first ever 'drop in' session at Portcullis House along with 50 other MPs. The event was hosted by Kevan Jones MP, a long-time supporter of CRY and Chair of its All-Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG).
“It really does despair that so many young, supposedly fit people suddenly die from an undiagnosed heart defect,” Mr Tami said.“I was one of the first MPs to sign a pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save young lives and it is disappointing that this has still not happened. It was good to welcome CRY to Parliament, I only hope that now we can begin to make serious progress on this.”
171 MPs have now signed the pledge to support a national strategy for the prevention of sudden cardiac death. CRY's Chief Executive, Steven Cox stated: “It was very encouraging to welcome so many MPs to our event at Portcullis House and to update them on our campaign. Many of the MPs talked about the impact young sudden cardiac deaths have had on their constituents and the communities they represent. Some had very personal stories of the devastating impact of these tragedies. We are continuing to urge all MPs to help establish a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death to ensure the government acts to prevent the hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions.” Read More
Fundraising Couple See 98 Students Receive Heart Screenings at Skegness School in Memory of Son Craig
Skegness Standard, 1st June 2019
Kay and Paul Rawlinson lost their 18 year old son Craig to an undiagnosed heart condition in 2012. Since then, the couple have been campaigning, raising funds and awareness, to bring heart screenings and defibrillators to the Skegness area. Recently, as a result of their efforts, 98 pupils at Skegness Grammar School received heart screenings through the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). “On the Saturday 98 children were screened, which starts with an ECG, a quick non invasive test, with if necessary, a further echocardiogram taken on the same day to provide further clarity or reassurance," Kay stated. “Of those 98, 12 have been sent for further referrals, so obviously the screening has proved a success in picking up some, until now, unknown problems.” Read More
Mum Takes on Heart of London Bridges Walk to Raise Funds for CRY in Memory of Daughters
Lancashire Post, 1st July 2019
Viv Christopher lost her daughter Katrina in 2005 and then lost another daughter, Cheryl, in 2012. Both young women died in their sleep of undiagnosed heart conditions. Following their deaths, Viv set up a memorial fund with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in order to fund heart screenings for young people in her local area. Recently, in order to raise money for the fund she took part in the annual CRY Heart of London Bridges Walk which saw her walking five and a half miles across the city.
“This walk happens every year," Viv said. "All the families and friends of loved ones who have passed away meet together and we do the walk. Everyone has photos of their loved ones on their t-shirts and it is very emotional. We walked, taking in places like the London Bridge, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a beautiful walk and we chat and reminisce about our loved ones." She added: “I walk in memory of my precious daughters Katrina and Cheryl and in doing so, it helps to raise awareness."
Of the money she's raised thus far Viv said: “It is an absolute shock to me how much money has been raised. People have been so kind and I want to thank everyone who has supported me, especially all the friends and family who walked along side us in memory of our girls. I really appreciate it. All the money will go towards vital research and heart screenings through CRY. So far, the memorial fund has raised £46,000, which is absolutely amazing." Read More
Secondary School Teacher Runs to Raise Funds for CRY in Memory of Brother Who Died of an Undiagnosed Heart Condition
Evening Express, 30th June 2019
Having succeeded in her personal goal of losing weight, secondary school teacher Caitlin Garrett has set herself a new goal of taking on the 10k Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run. “I decided to challenge myself to a 10k and signed up to the Great Aberdeen Run. As it’s my first race, the idea of taking part as part of the AFC Wave seemed like the perfect fit,” she said. “I’ve also signed up for the Scottish Half Marathon in September so the 10k is the ideal stepping stone for that. I’m aiming to complete the Aberdeen run in under an hour, but as it’s my first 10k, I’m mainly just looking forward to enjoying the occasion.” Caitlin will run both races in memory of a school friend and her brother who passed away of an undianosed heart condition, with the money she raises going to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Read More