Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society Quiz Night Raises £600 For CRY
Western Telegraph, 18th February 2020
The Let's Get Quizzical event was held at The Pavillion, County Showground, with teams travelling from near and far to take part. The winners were the Past Presidents team, made up of captain Dick Davies, Roger Mathias, Richard Cole and Mike Davies. Second place went to Wuhan United and the Pussycats were in third. All of the teams donated their prize money to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Alan Mason, whose 26 year old son Dean tragically passed away of an undiagnosed heart condition, gave a brief talk on the charity and its work in providing screenings for young people. Nicola Owen, president of the society, expressed her delight at the success of the event and thanked quizmaster Dennis Reed and his scorers, the winners, for donating their prize money to charity, and everyone for attending.
Portrait Picturing Three Generations of a Shoreham Family Wins Fundraising Competition
Worthing Herald, 18th February 2020
The portrait was of Liz and Bob Towner, their two daughters, their husbands and their four grandchildren and was taken by Stephen Sajnog of Focus Photography in Shoreham to celebrate Bob's birthday. Sajnog was also named Family Portrait Photographer of the Year by The UK Professional Photographers Organisation. The organisation is a group of fifty studios and every year they raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) by offering their services for a £10 donation to charity.
Hampshire Police to take on charity motorcycle ride From One Rock to Another
Island Echo, 14th February 2020
Setting off from the Isle of Wight on 12th May 2020 PC Adam Hinkley and retired Inspector Kate Fowles will be riding 2,500 miles to Gibraltar Rock and back to raise money for 2 charities - Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust.
PC Hinkley's wife Lucy, who works at the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, lost her brother years ago to an undiagnosed heart condition and has been fundraising for CRY ever since.
Interview with Guru Randhawa at the “For Natasha” concert
British Asia News, 17th February 2020
Artists from across the Indian music industry came together at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Sunday 16th February to celebrate the life of Arjun's late wife Natasha Sandhu for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
The "For Natasha" concert was organised by Dil Mil with Guru Randhawa flying in from India to support his friend Arjun. Gura Randhawa gave an exclusive interview.
Shipyard Workers Receive CRY Heart Screenings In Memory of Daniel Hughes
The Mail, 7th February 2020
Since David Hughes' 28 year old son, Daniel, passed away of a heart condition in 2015, he and his family have worked with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to raise awareness and funding to prevent young sudden cardiac death. Nearly 100 BAE Systems workers in Barrow were able to receive free heart screening thanks to their efforts.
BAE Systems' Director of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE), Angela Barker, stated: "We're delighted to be able to support a second screening of our apprentices at the submarines academy today. This kind of activity is one of a series of health and well-being initiatives BAE Systems support. CRY's initiative is to be welcomed and we look forward to working closely with the charity in the future."
Free CRY Heart Screenings At Ageas Bowl
Daily Echo, 4th February 2020
Two hundred young people, including Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes, received free heart screenings provided by Hampshire Cricket Foundation in collaboration with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Hampshire Cricket Foundation Director, Stuart Robertson, said: "We are delighted to support CRY’s cardiac screening programme and I would like to thank the many generous donors to the Hampshire Cricket Foundation, especially those from our annual Ladies Lashes Lunch that have enabled us to do this."
CRY's Chief Executive, Dr Steven Cox, stated: "It is a great honour to be associated with the new ‘Changing Lives. Saving Lives’ initiative spearheaded by Hampshire Cricket Foundation. The campaign shares the same ethos as CRY and we were delighted to bring our team of experts to the Ageas Bowl. Every week in the UK, around 12 young people under the age of 35 die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. 80 per cent of these deaths will occur with no prior symptoms. However, we know that cardiac screening saves lives and in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, they have reduced the incidence of young sudden cardiac death by a staggering 89 per cent."
Deborah Dixon Wins at Community ReAwards for Work in Support of CRY
Northwich Guardian, 30th January 2020
Over 100 people people filled the Vale Royal Abbey last Friday to celebrate the Northwich Community ReAwards; an event which recognises and rewards the charitable efforts of volunteers in the local community.
Sam Newey, organiser of the event, stated: "We were delighted with the response to this year's Community ReAwards, from the overwhelming nominations, bringing incredible stories of volunteering and acts of giving in our community, to the support on the night. With over 100 attendees at the special ‘Thank You’ and awards evening, hosted by Vale Royal Abbey, the room was filled with excitement, laughs, support and a few tears too. Showcasing the amazing work of volunteers, charities and community groups, it was easy to see the impact their work has on not just the Northwich and Vale Royal community but further afield too, as we learnt of our nominees work championing support worldwide."
Among the awardees was Deborah Dixon, who won Voluntary Fundraiser of the Year for her work in support of CRY.
MP Paul Holmes Speaks in Support of Routine Cardiac Screening
Eastleigh News, 27th January 2020
Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes has voiced his support of routine cardiac screening for youths between the ages of 14 and 35. His expression of support comes after he took part in a screening event carried out by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) over the weekend. Over the course of the two day event, 200 young people were screened for cardiac abnormalities that could lead to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD), including the 31 year old MP.
The event was organised by the Hampshire Cricket Foundation and took place at the Ageas Bowl. Funded by money raised at a Ladies Lashes Charity Luncheon at the Bowl, it was free of charge to those attending. The screenings were in memory of Claire Reed, a local young woman who passed away due to YSCD while celebrating at a hen party with friends. Her parents, Graham and Anne Hunter, attended the event and were able to express to the MP their grief over the sudden loss of their daughter and their disappointment with the UK National Screening Committee deciding against recommending cardiac screening be offered to all young people on the NHS. Graham and Anne have raised thousands of pounds in order to fund screenings that could save young lives and prevent other families from experiencing their pain.
MP Paul Holmes had this to say:
"This sort of screening can help save the lives of countless young people who may have undiagnosed heart conditions and could be at risk. There is a strong argument for a pilot screening programme which would build the case for a national screening programme for all young people. I’ll be writing to the Health Secretary next week to make this point and praise all the volunteers who give up their time to conduct the screening sessions."
BetVictor Northern Premier League Teams Up with CRY to Offer Free Heart Tests
The Non-League Paper, 27th January 2020
Partnering with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in support of the Daniel Wilkinson Foundation, the BetVictor Northern Premier League (NPL) is offering free heart screenings to fans, players and officials ages 14 to 35 at the North West Cardiac Centre in Preston on the 13th and 14th of March. The NPL began working with CRY following the sudden death to an undiagnosed heart condition of 24 year old Shaw Lane defender Daniel Wilkinson. According to the NPL, these upcoming screenings will be in memory of Andrew Parr.
Cardiac Risk in the Young to Embark on 12 Month Partnership with Sunrise Radio
This news comes alongside the announcement that MD of Sunrise Radio, Tony Lit MBE, has been made a new Ambassador for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Tony first approached CRY following the death due to an undiagnosed heart condition of the 17 year old son of a family friend. As a father of three himself, Tony made the pledge, "whatever support Sunrise Radio and I can give personally, over and above, I shall do so."
Initially, the partnership between CRY and Sunrise Radio will run for 12 months and will entail advertising, community messaging, interviews and testimonials with CRY’s medical experts and families who have been affected by young sudden cardiac death, as well as social media posts and video content on the Sunrise Radio YouTube Channel. Already, on-air promotions are planned to support and advertise major CRY events such as the annual “Heart of London Bridges Walk” as well as a concert soon to be held at the Hammersmith Apollo on 16th February. This event is organised by singer-song writer Arjun [Coomaraswamy], in memory of his wife, Natasha, who tragically passed away of sudden cardiac arrest in September 2018 at just 30 years old.
Tony stated: "The responsibility of running an iconic radio service like Sunrise Radio goes far beyond selling commercials and programming airtime for me and my team. Sunrise is now in its 31st year of broadcasting to the South Asian community and over the years it has become much more than a source for entertainment but is also relied upon for important community messages, news and information. It’s absolutely vital that we do our bit in society and support charitable organisations like CRY. There can be nothing worse than losing a young life needlessly in our country in this day and age. That’s why awareness campaigns like this are so important as we work together with CRY to save young lives and invoke real change in communities across the United Kingdom."
The Deepings School screening in memory of Lucy Jessop
Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 15th January 2020
Over 200 pupils, parents, and teachers attended a heart screening run by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of Lucy Jessop (a former student) over the weekend.
Lucy died in 2015 from an undiagnosed heart condition but was a well-respected student at The Deepings School.
The Headteacher, Richard Lord, said “We were honoured to respect Lucy’s memory by holding a second screening event and will continue to assist her family and friends with fundraising activities and practical support that benefits cardiac screening for young people.”
Waitrose Community Matters Scheme Helps Fund CRY Screening in Memory of Jon Hayman
Sidmouth Herald, 11th January 2020
After Marion and Robert Hayman lost their 27 year old son Jon to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in 2013, they set up the Jon Hayman Memorial Fund. The trust raises money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to provide heart screenings for young people between the ages of 14 and 35. Their cause was chosen to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme and garnered enough customer support to receive a donation of £326.
Mrs Hayman has previously organised two Sidmouth screenings in collaboration with CRY and a third is planned for the 22nd of January at Sidmouth College.
"Although this in a national charity, the screening is very much a local event," she said. "Every penny raised goes towards providing screening for our youngsters between the ages of 14 and 35. I have, and am continuing to raise awareness of CRY and the importance of screening, within the local community."
Fourth Defibrillator Installed in Hednesford in Memory of Neil Bradbury
Express and Star, 9th January 2020
Thirty five year old Neil Bradbury passed away in his sleep in November of 2015 of an undiagnosed heart condition. Since then, his family and loved ones have raised more than £13,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). They have also raised £8000 for four defibrillators to be installed in Hednesford and are currently raising funds for a fifth.
Amy Windle, who was Neil's girlfriend, said: "Neil was fit and healthy, there were no underlying health conditions that we were aware of. He had two autopsies and neither found anything, it was put down to natural causes. I found the charity CRY, who said there is a minimum of 12 people a week who die aged 14 to 35 of similar causes, and they support families. I was supported by them and so we started off raising money for them. We held a screening session in 2018 and have raised £13,000 for CRY. I have now completed a course to be a bereavement supporter, and we now raise money for AED Donate, a charity which installs defibrillators. This one is our fourth and is in Hednesford Park..."
RideLondon Cycle Event’s Future in Question
Surrey Live, 5th January 2020
The route of the annual, 2 day event could change following the launch of a consultation by the Surrey County Counsel. The event has often be a source of division between those who welcome the benefits of a major sporting event in the area and those who believe those benefits are not worth the upheaval for residents. A poll created by SurreyLive in August of 2019 revealed that 45% (1,300) of respondents believed it worth the inconvenience while 55% (1,600) felt the opposite.
Event Director Hugh Brasher hopes that residents will look at the value and benefits of the event to the region, stating: "We are incredibly proud of the partnership we have with Surrey County Council and the millions of pounds that have been spent with Surrey businesses and raised for causes that are in Surrey. We would love the event to continue in Surrey, but it is appropriate for Surrey County Council to have the consultation with the way the county is run - it is important. We hope that Surrey residents look at the benefits that the event brings."
Stafford and Stone Canoe Club Take On ‘Paddle to Tokyo’ Challenge
A Little Bit of Stone, 30th December 2019
To celebrate and support the achievements of Adam Burgess, a Stafford and Stone Canoe Club member who is to compete in the 2020 Olympics, the club has taken on the ambitious challenge of paddling to Tokyo. On the 1st of January, the team began the epic journey of 9506km from Stone to Tokyo, aiming to reach their target in 208 days. This means that they will need to paddle 45.7km a day in order to reach Tokyo in time for Canoe Slalom Course on the 26th of July.
Along the way, the club will be raising funds to buy new equipment and will also be donating 25% of all money raised to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which Adam has supported for some time.
Adam voiced his support of the challenge, stating: "Love this idea so much! I’m so grateful to have the club’s support on this journey to Tokyo and this is a great way for everyone to get involved and feel a part of it. I’ll look to lead the way and I hope that inspires everyone to get out and clock up those KMs!"