Defibrillator Funded by CRY Supporters Saves Man’s Life
Wakefield Express, 26th July 2019
The device, installed at the A1 Football Factory in Pontefract in late April, was used to save a life only weeks later on the 14th of May when a man went into cardiac arrest in the changing rooms of the club.
"One evening a guy collapsed in the changing rooms, a bloke in his mid-60s," said Allen Haywood, a worker at the club. "The young lad on reception went down to the pitches and got one of the customers who came up and took over and used the defibrillator until the paramedics and the air ambulance got there. They saved his life. It was fantastic really that it was deployed and worked and helped save his life."
The installation of the device at the club was funded by Dale Skelton of Multifuel Energy through a fundraising campaign led by Ruth Cain and Alan Haywood for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
13 Year Old Junior Golfer and CRY Fundraiser is Awarded Hero’s Handshake
The Golf Business, 25th July 2019
Archie Qualtrough from Gough, Lincolnshire received the award from the Young Golf Ambassadors in recognition of his hard work in raising money for charity. Archie has raised over £5000 through participating in various golf challenges which include a 24-hour Golf marathon, a 100 Golf Holes in a Day challenge at Cavendish and New Mills Golf Clubs and a five-day 84-mile Coast to Coast Golfathon from Mayport Golf Club to Tynemouth Golf Club. He raised the money in memory of two Derbyshire youths who tragically passed away as teenagers, High Peak cycling champion Charlie Craig, and rugby player, Ben Stollery. The money raised in memory of Charlie, who died in his sleep, goes towards Cardiac Risk in Young (CRY) which screens young people between the ages of 14 and 35 for underlying heart conditions.
“I am surprised and delighted to have been given a Hero’s Handshake Award,” said Archie. “I feel honoured and very grateful to have been chosen because of my annual challenges in aid of charities are particularly important to me, and it has definitely inspired me to push myself even harder this year. I’m so happy to be able to help great causes through playing golf.I would like to thank England Golf and The Golf Foundation for their fantastic support and especially Young Ambassador Ali (Jodiyawalla) who took a day off work to travel all the way to surprise me with the presentation at my home club.”
Charity Ball to be Held In Memory of Father and Son
Evening Telegraph, 25th July 2019
Five years ago, Pete McAvoy passed away at 22 years old after suffering a cardiac arrest. Since his death, his father Peter Snr has campaigned for the detection of similar undiagnosed heart conditions. However, last year at the the age of 60, Peter Snr passed away. Now friends and family are preparing for their annual #4Pete Charity Ball, which is to be held for the 2nd time since Peter Snr's passing next month.
"Peter Snr died in August last year. He would have been 61 in October," said his wife, Anne. "It’s a really emotional time right now with the event coming up and this year it will be a double whammy with both of them gone. They are both in our hearts." She went on : "It was always Peter’s intention that the charity ball was not so much a fundraiser but more of an opportunity for everyone to come together, dress up and have a nice evening."
The money raised through the family's fundraising goes towards funding Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) heart screenings for young people between the ages of 14 - 35. In the last three years, their campaign has raised more than £60,000.
"The money that has been raised over the years pays for a cardiologist team with nurses to come up from London to run screenings," said Anne. "It costs nearly £10,000 for the two days of screenings."
BAE Systems Apprentices Receive CRY Heart Screenings
The Mail, 19th July 2019
BAE Systems Apprentices in Barrow received free heart screenings organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at the suggestion of David Hughes, whose 28 year old son, Daniel, passed away suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2015. This condition was later diagnosed as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) and since his death, his parents have worked with CRY to provide heart screenings for young people between the ages of 14 and 35; screenings which can detect underlying heart conditions like the one which took Daniel's life.
"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," said David. "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."
Of the 101 BAE Systems apprentices who signed up for the screening event, two were referred for further testing and one have been recommended to have another test in the future.
According to David: "These figures show just how important screening is, the two young people who have been referred had no idea they had a problem when they arrived for work yesterday morning. I hope this is the start of a regular series of testing that could potentially save a life."
Justin Madders MP Offers Support for CRY Campaign
About My Area, 18th July 2019
Justin Madder MP gave his support to Cardiac Risk in the Young's (CRY) campaign for a national strategy to combat young, sudden cardiac death (YSCD) at a recent parliamentary event. He stated:
"Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people in the UK die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect. In 80% of these cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms until it is too late. It is important that we establish a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death and ensure the government acts to prevent the hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions."
Tony Lloyd MP Offers Support to CRY in his Letter from Parliament
Rochdale Online, 18th July 2019
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is among the charities and projects to which MP Tony Lloyd offers his support in his 'Letter from Parliament'. He writes :
"In Parliament, I attended an event organised by the charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ (CRY) to lend my support to their ongoing campaign for a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death. It often surprises people that every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy, young (aged 35 and under) people in the UK die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect. In 80% of these cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms until it is too late, which is why CRY believes screening is so vitally important... The government must create a national strategy to prevent the hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions."
Epping Forest District Council Fund CRY Screening in Memory of Isabelle Tudisca
Epping Forest Guardian, 18th July 2019
Over 200 people attended the Epping Forest District funded screening event organised by Della Tudisca in memory of her daughter, Issy, who passed away due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Della has hosted six Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) screening events thus far. More than 1,350 young people have received screenings for potentially fatal underlying heart conditions due to her efforts which include running the London Marathon and completing the south coast 100km challenge in 24 hours to raise money for CRY.
Epping Forest District Council’s Public Health and Grant Aid programme funded the event with support from Buckhurst Hill Parish Council. The Grange Farm Trust and Colebrook Royals Football Club offered support by providing a venue and volunteers.
“The screenings are vital to both young people and their families to prevent tragedies, ” said Grange Farm deputy site manager, Tom Hyde; one of the many screened that day. “I’m surprised that something so simple that can save countless lives is not mandatory in schools. I found the process of undertaking the screening very relaxing and thanks to the professionalism and reassurance from the CRY Staff.”
BAE Systems Apprentices Receive CRY Heart Screenings
Cumbria Crack, 17th July 2019
The BAE Systems apprentices were tested for underlying heart conditions on Wednesday 17th July in Barrow. The heart screening event was organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at the suggestion of David Hughes. In 2015, David's son, Daniel, passed away suddenly at 28 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Since then, David and his family have worked with CRY to raise awareness of conditions that can cause young, sudden cardiac death. Over 100 of the Barrow BAE Systems apprentices signed up for the heart screening.
“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,” David said. “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.”
He added: “It’s great that BAE Systems has decided to screen a number of their new apprentices here in Barrow. We had over one hundred people sign up and I hope this is the start of a regular series of testing that could change and potentially save a life.”
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