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
Academy Hosts Heart Screenings in Memory of Daniel Wilkinson
Maldon and Burnham Standard, 26th April 2019
Plume Academy in Maldon played host to a heart screening even organised by the Daniel Wilkinson Trust and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Almost 90 people, aged 14 to 35, were screened for potential heart defects such as the one which took the life of 24 year old footballer, Daniel Wilkinson.
Daniel’s sister, Helen, said: “Dan had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition that causes the replacement of cardiac muscle with fibrous, fatty tissue. It causes the walls in the heart chamber to become thin and stretched, impacting how the blood is pumped around the body and causing abnormal heart rhythms which can lead to sudden cardiac death."
The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation, set up by Helen and one of Daniel's friends just weeks after his death, has already been instrumental in saving the life of a young person. A defibrillator donated by the foundation to a football club helped save the life of a 14 year old boy. “We expected this would be in the next 10 to 15 years – never in the first 18 months. I suppose it actually shows how often these tragedies can happen and why it is so important to have access to defibrillators in such cases ,” Helen said. Read More
Boxer Tony Bellew and Former Everton Manager David Moyes Among Hundreds at Charity Match in Memory of Jack Riding
Liverpool Echo, 26th April 2019
Along with Tony Bellew and David Moyes, Hillsborough campaigner, Margaret Aspinall, and boxer, Liam Smith, also attended the match held in memory of 18 year old Jack Riding who passed away suddenly last year due to a heart condition- arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy- which he never knew he had. Since Jack passed away, his family has been working with charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) with the aim of getting cardiac screenings for all young athletes. This match was organised in order to raise funds for CRY to do screenings in the local area and attracted hundreds of supporters. Read More
Father Leads Fundraising Walk in Memory of Son Damien Jewell
Chronicle Live, 27th April 2019
On Saturday, David Jewell led a walk of 100 people to raise awareness of young cardiac death and funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of his son, Damien. In 2001, 28 year old Damien passed away in his sleep due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Damien's father has been striving to prevent other families from experiencing such tragedy by working with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to raise funds for heart screenings and research along with providing support to bereaved families. David has become CRY's regional representative, helping to organise last year's first ever North Tyneside's Seaside Walk, the walk on Saturday being the 2nd occasion of the event.
"I had Damien in my thoughts when we were walking but, to be honest, he's never far from my mind. I get a bit of a kick when I talk about him now, because at first I kept it all to myself, it's how I coped. I find it much easier to talk now and this event was all about raising awareness, " said David who walked with his wife, Brenda. He added, "there were over 50 who joined us on the walk and awareness was the key. Sudden cardiac death in young people is a silent killer and statistics show at least 12 healthy youngsters die of this every week. That is 12 too many,"
Dr Steven Cox, chief executive of CRY, stated: "The people of the North East have always been so supportive in helping us to spread the word about CRY’s important work in striving to prevent young sudden cardiac death, as well as working with families and young people who have been affected... The Seaside Walk was inspired by our regional rep David Jewell and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and his local friends for their ongoing support.” Read More
Local Football Community Comes Together for Charity Match in Memory of Jack Riding
Liverpool Echo, 27th April 2019
Hundreds attended the Jack Riding tribute match held in support of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The supporters donated money to see sporting stars play in memory of Jack Riding, an 18 year old footballer who passed away suddenly last year due to an undiagnosed heart defect. The event has highlighted the solidarity of Merseyside's football scene, which has proven itself to be close knit and supportive in times of tragedy. Players, staff and fans of local clubs came together in grief and support following Jack's death, culminating in this charity match which saw several figures from local clubs in the crowd. Lee Owens of the Cables management team said, "I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved in helping and raising awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young, and especially the non league community for supporting the club and the Riding family. It means a lot to us all to see the local football community come together as one in such tragic circumstances and it shows how great the city of Liverpool is when something like this happens in our great city." Read More
Charity Football Match in Memory of Jack Riding
The St. Helens Reporter, 25th April 2019
A charity football match will be hosted by Prescot Cables tonight to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of Jack Riding. The 18 year old football player passed away suddenly last year due to a heart condition. "I didn't even know this condition existed until Jack passed away," his father, Ian, said."But the fact is that 12 people a week die from it. For me this is about stopping people going through what we've been going through and making sure that as many people as possible get tested." Ian and his family are helping CRY raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Death and support the screening and diagnoses of young people. Entrance to the game is £2 and donations can be given at www.c-r-y.org.uk/jack-riding. Read More
Paul Adam Skydives for Cardiac Risk in the Young
West Sussex County Times, 25th April 2019
On July 27th, Paul Adam will skydive to raise £5000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). "Raising money and giving back is something I'm very passionate about," Paul said. "I am absolutely terrified of heights. I want to be active in overcoming this fear so i thought what a better way to do this than to do a skydive and raise some money for a good cause." He added, "I want to obliterate the target we have set." He will join his colleagues at Smithers Information Ltd in jumping out of a plane at 12,000 ft before freefalling at 120 mph. CRY is very close to one of his colleagues, he said. "I really wanted to focus on a smaller charity and give them as much help as possible." Read More
Ardrossan Heart Screening in Memory of John Millar
Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, 25th April 2019
Two hundred people in Ardrossan will have their hearts screened this weekend thanks to the efforts of Kirsty Millar. Kirsty raised over £25,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of her brother, John, who passed away at the young age of 35. At the screening at the Whitlees Centre organised by Kirsty, specialist doctors will use ECG screening to check for potentially hidden heart conditions. Read More
Headteacher Runs Marathon in Memory of Student Ben Walker
Northamptonshire Telegraph, 11th of April 2019
Ben Walker's former headteacher, Steve Harvey, will run the London Marathon in his memory. In 2017, the 15 year old collapsed while playing football with the Thrapston Town Juniors FC. The cause of his death is believed to be a heart attack. At that time, Mr Harvey was the headteacher of Ben's school and this year, two years after Ben's death, he will be running in his memory. "Fate has decided that the second anniversary of Ben's death will be when I do it," said Steve. He is running to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in order to support them in facilitating heart screenings for young people aged 14 to 35 and raising awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. Steve has already raised £2500 which he says will "spur him on" as he runs the marathon. "If anyone feels they wish to support with a donation it will be really appreciated," he added. Read More
Knutsford First Responders Deliver Heart Screenings to More Than 100 Students
Knutsford Guardian, 10th of April 2019
Students at Knutsford Academy received free heart screenings delivered by Knutsford Community First Responders together with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). According to James Routs of Knutsford Academy: "This day is only made possible due to the generosity of the Knutsford Community First Responders and we are grateful for their support. This is the second year in a row we have held the day and the screenings were booked up immediately, highlighting how important it is to get your heart checked out. Plans are already in place to run another event in 2020."
"The Trust is delighted to have been able to facilitate another screening day at Knutsford Academy," said Lisa Johnson from Knutsford Community First Responder Trust. "It is so important to identify any cardiac issues in our young people to enable them to receive appropriate treatment, allowing them to reach their full potential and live long, healthy lives. We look forward to our next screening day in 2020." Read More
Brentford FC offers Heart Screenings in Memory of Club Sporting Director, Robert Rowan
Richmond & Twickenham Times, 9th of April 2019
Brentford FC has organised a heart screening event in partnership with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in memory of the clubs sporting director, Robert Rowan. Robert passed away in November last year at just 28 years old due to a cardiomyopathy episode and the club has since sought to raise awareness of the condition together with CRY. The screening event will take place on Sunday May 12th at Syon Park as part of Brentford FC's Community Sport Trust with the support of Robert's wife, Suzanne. "We are proud to be making an impact on the lives of young people and playing a part in helping to prevent other families from experiencing the same devastating grief as we have, " she said. According to Dr. Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY, "it is essential that anyone with a potentially fatal heart condition knows about it. Without this knowledge and appropriate treatment they could be putting their lives at risk as in 80% of cases there are no signs or symptoms. Sport itself does not actually cause sudden cardiac death but it can significantly increase a young person's risk if they have an underlying condition." Read More
‘Buy for CRY’ Pop-up Shop to Raise Money for Heart Screenings in Memory of Matthew Dewhirst
Shropshire Star, 10th of April 2019
The pop-up charity shop will raise money for Cardiac Risk in Young (CRY), allowing 200 young people an opportunity to be screened for free at the Marches School, Oswestry, in June. This fundraising event was organised by the friends and family of Matthew Dewhirst, a 17 year old sportsman who passed away due to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Since his death, his parents set up the 'Cry for Matthew' fundraising appeal to raise money for screenings as currently 12 young people die every week in the UK due to undiagnosed heart conditions. "The specialist screening that is offered costs £50 per person, but this is a fraction of the true cost of the service and we know that offering this screening reduces the risk of Young Sudden Cardiac Death by 90 percent," said Sue Dewhirst, Matthew's mother.
The event will open in Oswestry at 10 AM on Saturday 13th of April in the town's Memorial Hall and close at 2:30 PM. Read More
Fundraising Event and Heart Screening in Memory of Bethany Mycroft
Derbyshire Times, 8th April 2019
Since the tragic death of 14 year old Bethany Mycroft due to an undiagnosed heart condition, her family has been raising money and awareness in support of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Their most recent fundraiser enabled almost 300 young people to receive free ECG screenings. This fundraising event at Ashgate Medical Practice in Chesterfield raised £1627. 97 to support the screening in Bethany's memory. "We received many kind donations from people attending the event," said Bethany's uncle, Adrian Topp. "This money will be donated directly to Cardiac Risk in the Young in memory of Bethany and will be used to fund our future screening events in 2019 and 2020." The next screening event is to take place in September this year; the details of which will be released closer to the time. Read More
More Than £3000 Raised for Heart Screenings in Memory of Freya Dalrymple
The Orcadian, 8th April 2019
Over £3000 was raised from a Sunday morning walk in Kirkwall, Orkney in memory of Freya Dalrymple. It was the second 'Walk for Freya'; an event organised by the family and friends of 17 year old Freya, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2014 due to an undiagnosed heart condition. After her death, Freya's family began fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to support heart screenings for young people. "Really, I am so grateful to all the people who have taken part in the Walks for Freya and to everyone who has given donations to date," Freya's mother, Ingrid, said. "We definitely plan to hold another walk in two years time and as I said before we will do a screening every year that we are able to do it. This really is so worth it as heart screening can reduce Young Cardiac Death by 89 percent." Read More
Tenby Rotary Club Chooses to Fundraise in Support of The Ian Williams Foundation This Year
Western Telegraph, 30th March 2019
The Ian Williams Foundation, which works together with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), was established last year following the tragic, sudden death of 27 year old Rugby player, Ian, as he trained for English Championship Club, Doncaster Knights. As Ian's father, Phil, is treasurer of Tenby Rotary Club, it's president, Tom Cullen, made the Foundation their chosen charity for his year in office. The club has already donated £1000 to the charity from money raised throughout the past year. Proceeds from the Rotary Club Wishing Well will also be donated and further fundraising is planned. Read More