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About Tom and Claire’s Fund

 

Tom and Claire

Tom and Claire at a BBC roadshow

The Tom Clabburn and Claire Prosser Memorial Fund was launched in December, 2014.

It succeeds the Tom Clabburn Fund which was set-up in 2008 by Tom’s parents, Claire Prosser and Paul Clabburn, and his sister, Ellen. The fund supports the registered charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Tom died on October 5, 2007, aged 14. He was one of the 12 young people aged 14-34 who die each week in the UK from an undiagnosed heart condition, according to CRY.

Tom’s mum, Claire, died from a heart condition on December 1, 2014. She was 54.

Claire believed passionately that young people should be able to attend free screenings that could identify undiagnosed heart conditions and she campaigned tirelessly to raise both funds and awareness for CRY.

While 80% of the young people who die have no prior symptoms, cardiac testing can identify those at risk in the vast majority of cases.

The primary aim of Tom and Claire’s Fund is therefore to raise money so that young people can benefit from free heart testing by CRY. Since 2008, more than £160,000 has been raised and around 2,500 young people have been tested.

Most events have been held in and around Ealing in west London, where Tom and Claire lived and where so many have supported the fund with time, money and effort.

The fund also raises awareness of the risk of young cardiac death and has contributed to CRY’s medical research programme.

We believe that screening can make a real difference. CRY’s statistics suggest:

  • One in every 300 of the young people that CRY tests – and as of July, 2017, it has carried out more than 130,000 tests – will be identified with a potentially life threatening condition.
  • One in every 100 will have a condition that is less serious but could cause problems in later life.

Although screening can’t yet identify all those at risk, in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, the incidence of young sudden cardiac death has been reduced by 89%.

Thank you for reading this page. If you want to get in touch, please go to the Support the Fund/Contact Us page.

Paul and Ellen