Man Takes on Deloitte Ride Across Britain in Memory of Brother Richard Brember
Eagle Radio, 7th September 2019
Having suffered the sudden and tragic loss of his 32 year old brother Richard to cardiac arrest, Chris Brember from Fleet is taking on the challenge of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain- a journey of nine days, cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats- in order to raise funds for and awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Chris and his family have set up a memorial fund with CRY in Richard's name, raising money for CRY heart screenings. They hope that by raising funds eventually CRY will be able to put on three screenings at each of the rugby clubs Richard played for.
"What I am aiming to do with the ride is to raise further funds to provide more screening sessions and help raise awareness of the work that CRY do," Chris said. "Every week in the UK around 12 young people die of an undiagnosed heart condition - many fit, healthy and active individuals with no awareness that anything is wrong meaning there is no opportunity to intervene sooner." He continued: "Cardiac screening for the young is not currently funded by the government and my family and I would love to one day see the possibility of a publicly funded screening programme."
Mother Reflects on Daughter Rebecca’s ‘Bitter Sweet’ Legacy
Ipswich Star, 4th September 2019
Julie Phillips spoke up about how her daughter's legacy has saved lives. Her daughter Rebecca was only 25 years old when she collapsed at a birthday party in November of 2010. She passed away hours later in hospital and it was later discovered that she had Arrhthmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a rare condition that disrupts the flow of blood in the heart. Since then, her family has raised thousands for Cardiac Risk in Young (CRY), hoping that funding screenings and raising awareness of conditions like Rebecca's will prevent another family from going through the pain they have.
Julie said : "We had more than 100 youngsters from the age of 14 to 34 screened in Hadleigh. Of these, four were picked up with heart conditions and were referred to hospital. My two nieces have what Rebecca had and have now had operations to help their heart if it stops. My brother has also got it."
Still, Julie considers her daughter's life saving legacy to be "bitter sweet", stating: "It is hard because you think why couldn't Rebecca have found out about it before it happened. But it would have been some other family who have gone through what we have been through. It is bitter sweet really. Her dad also had a heart condition picked up because of screening so she has saved her dad too."
Since Rebecca passed away, Julie and her family have raised more than £10, 000 for charity in her memory.
"The shock and heartbreak of losing a child is devastating, you just don't think of outliving your children. We were determined to help prevent other parents from going through the devastation we have so decided to raise funds for CRY," Julie said.
Ibiza Night Raises Nearly £2,000 in Memory of Lucy Jessop
Rutland and Stamford Mercury, 27th August 2019
Lucy passed away of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. After Lucy's passing, her large group of friends began raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in her memory. Their recent 1990s Ibiza Night at the Voodoo Lounge, Mama Liz's in Stamford was a sold out event, raising £960. This was then doubled by the event organiser Ollie Waghorn’s workplace, the BGL Group, for a total of £1,920. Since they began, they have raised £10,000 for CRY. The funds they have raised will go towards CRY heart screenings for young people in the Stamford area.
Coatbridge Side Dunbeth FC Players have Heart Screenings in Memory of Former Team Mate Kieran McDade
The Courier, 20th August 2019
Twenty members of the Dunbeth FC club's 2003 side took part in a screening for heart conditions. Kieran McDade, who used to play for the club, tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest during training in 2016 at just 13 years old. Since then, his coaches and team mates have established the Kieran McDade Foundation to donate defibrillators to sports clubs and provide first aid training sessions. The heart screening session was carried out by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) with organisers having joined forces with their Ben Forsyth Memorial Fund.
“There are too many tales of grief, and too many families in Scotland have to go through the loss of a loved one from these heart defects,” said Stirling Albion junior academy chair Grant Morrice.
CRY Fun Run in Memory of Robert Rowan
The Courier, 20th August 2019
In November of last year, 28 year old Robert Rowan passed away of a cardiomyopathy attack. Now, family and friends prepare to take part in a fun run in his memory to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The 5k run is to take place in Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy, where Robert liked to run with his wife Suzanne, on September 1st. Family and friends have already raised about £40,000 for his CRY memorial fund to go towards providing heart screenings for young people. Suzanne, who ran the London Marathon in her husband's memory only four months after his passing, said the support was heartening.
“It’s overwhelming for us, as we are still grieving and trying to find our way over the last nine months, to have such backing from the community and Robert’s friends from childhood,” she said. “We have been devastated by our loss and to know that people are still coming together to support the family and remember what an amazing man he was just helps so much.”
200 Young People Tested at Bridlington’s Heart Screening Event
Bridlington Free Express, 14th August 2019
Two hundred young people were tested in Bridlington by the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) mobile screening facility on August 6th and 7th in the town's second screening event. The first day of the event was funded by Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and the Two Ridings Community Foundation, while the second was funded by the Tesco Bags of help scheme, Tracey Alderslade and family and a fundraising match at Bridlington Town Football Club organised by Gavin Kelly and Pete Smurthwaite.
According to Gail Slater of the team behind the project, "It went really well. We had two hundred people that were screened over the two days and we had all the appointments filled."
The next Bridlington Heart Screening Days are to be the 7th and 8th of April 2020 and will be funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Gail added: "We still have a good amount of money left from the football match which will fund future screening days once the lottery funded days have taken place."
Rugby players screened in memory of Ben Forsyth
East Lothian Courier, 10th August 2019
Ben Forsyth wasn't a rugby player at Musselburgh Rugby Club but had friends there. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Ben's family the players have had the opportunity to take part in the free heart screening held at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Call for young football players to have their hearts screened after death of Charlie Slocombe
Times Local News, 9th August 2019
26 year old Charlie Slocombe of Crowborough Athletic (and previously Tonbridge Angels) collapsed while playing a 5-a-side match and later died in hospital. In previous years triallist Junior Dian and Under-18 player Jack Maddams have both passed away from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Players, and Tonbridge Angels former chairman (Jack's father), Roger Maddams, urge young athletes to get their hearts screened.
Tonbridge Angels have been raising money, more than £35,000 since 2016, to hold heart screenings at its Longmead Stadium organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). To date they have screened over 1,100 young athletes aged 14 to 35. The last screening they held was in January and they are £1,200 away from having enough funds to book the next one.
Stirling Albion Junior Academy screening players
Capital FM, 9th August 2019
80 academy members over 14 years old will be joining the Ben Forsyth Memorial Fund and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to have their hearts screened for heart defects.
Charity football match in memory of Brett Beasey-Webb
Luton Today, 7th August 2019
A football match in memory of Brett Beasey-Webb took place on 20th July sponsored by Crawley Green Football Club. Some memorabilia and ticket donations were generously arranged by John Buttle from Luton Town Football Club as Brett was an avid Hatters supporter. The entrance fees, and a barbecue and raffle made the amount raised up to £2,000 to be donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Ruby wedding anniversary raises £2,000 for CRY
Sidmouth Herald, 6th August 2019
Denise and Trevor Fudge held a private 40th anniversary party at their pub, The Anchor Inn, in Sidmouth. They asked for donations instead of presents, and they charged a small amount for drinks. All the money raised on the day was donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of Jonathan Hayman to go towards a heart screening for young people aged 14-35.
Thousands raised in memory of Adam Knapp
News Shopper, 5th August 2019
Jessica Knapp lost her husband, Adam, to an undiagnosed heart condition last year. Since then Jessica has been fundraising and campaigning for Cardiac Risk In The Young (CRY) to raise awareness of these conditions.
On Saturday 3rd August Jessica, along with her supportive brother, held a golf tournament at Birchwood Golf Club with more than 60 players taking part. They raised over £4,000 for CRY.
The golf tournament was just one of many fundraising events Jessica has held. She is also training to take on next years London Marathon in memory of Adam.
Archie Qualtrough receives Hero’s Handshake award
Horncastle News, 31st July 2019
Archie Qualtrough, aged 13, of Woodhall Spa Golf Club has been awarded the Hero's Handshake award by the the Young Golf Ambassadors for his charity fundraising efforts.
One of the charities Archie supports is Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of Derbyshire youngster Charlie Craig who died in his sleep.
Mike Goldrick Blinds is host to Heart screening
Rochdale Online, 30th July 2019
A free heart screening for 100 young people aged 14 to 35 run by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) was held at Mike Goldrick Blinds in Heywood on Sunday 28th July.
As president of Heywood Rotary Club Mike nominated CRY as his chosen charity after a friend's son, Tom Hardman, died from a sudden cardiac death aged only 21.
Family fun day in memory of Ian Dickson
Gloucestershire Live, 30th July 2019
Tammy Dickson found Ian dead on the sofa in 2017 aged only 42 from sudden cardiac death.
In Ian's memory Tammy organised a family fun day at Longlevens Football Club on Saturday 27th July. The weather wasn't looking good but the local community came together for activities such as a barbecue, face painting, and a bouncy castle. Clops 11, a team of Ian's friends, played a football match on the day.
The fun day raised nearly £800 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) who spread awareness to help minimise the risk of cardiac death.