shoppers were being urged to dig a little deeper into their pockets to help
save the lives of the seemingly fit and well.
Youngsters helped fill bags and asked for a
donation for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY – at Sainsbury’s store
in Hedge End.
It represented part of a drive by Mary Abraham to
raise awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome, which claimed the life of her
16-year-old son Philip in 1995.
Mrs Abraham, who works part-time at the
supermarket, says that heart defects are much more common than most people
She explained: “Every week, up to eight
youngsters who look healthy die from undetected heart conditions. A well
known case was footballer Terry Yorath’s son. The victims can seem
supremely fit but they are most vulnerable when they are playing sport.”
The charity has already equipped Bitterne Health
Centre with one mobile cardiac screening unit which cost £8000, and it is
closing on target to equipe Southampton with a second.