Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is proud to announce the news that popular Lincoln-based artist (with a growing, international reputation) Katy Jade Dobson will be joining the charity as an official Ambassador.
Katy has supported CRY over several years by launching unique online auctions of her works, with the sales of these “collectors items” raising thousands of pounds for the charity. She also painted a bespoke 3ft ceramic Hare on behalf of CRY as part of a fundraising community arts project and later this year will be taking part in the Great North Run!
A self-taught oil painter, originally from Yorkshire but who stayed in Lincoln after completing her studies at the City’s university, Katy has developed a vast following for her work – with a current waiting list of over 8 months for new commissions (generally sold for between £5,000–10,000).
Well known on social media, Katy has a striking and individual style in creating oil paintings using vivid colours and often portraying wildlife, animals and nature scenes. Her works have been exhibited in 80 galleries in the UK alone, with regular appearances in the likes of Vogue and GQ magazine and several sell-out solo national shows.
Katy was first made aware of CRY following a private commission for a portrait by a family who lost their child to a cardiac condition. She was so moved by their story that she wanted to give something back to the charity.
She says; “It should never be the case that a child or anyone should lose their life so suddenly over something that could potentially be diagnosed earlier on. CRY’s incredible efforts towards reducing young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) with their research, raising awareness and prevention efforts in this field are lifesaving. The support and specialist services to aid families affected by YSCD will continue to help so many people who desperately need it. Contributing to CRY’s wonderful work means a great deal to me and I am immensely proud to be working with CRY towards this cause, especially in this role as Ambassador.”
Chief Executive of CRY, Dr Steven Cox, added: “We’re delighted to have Katy on board in this official capacity and look forward to working with her in the future. CRY wants every young person to have the opportunity to have their heart tested and we really do appreciate Katy helping to promote the work of CRY and to spread the word about our commitment to saving young lives.”
Every week in the UK, around 12 young people (that is, aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. 80% of these deaths will occur with no prior symptoms – which is why CRY is so committed to the importance of specialist, cardiac screening.
Indeed, CRY’s pioneering screening programme now tests around 30,000 young people (aged 14–35) every year in the UK.