Shed a little charity cash for CRY


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.