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Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in 2017, Cardiac Risk in the Young, CRY screenings, Ealing

Open for booking: free November @CRY_UK heart screenings in #Ealing #London

CRY St George's launch event

The latest free heart screenings for 14-35 year olds sponsored by Tom and Claire’s Fund are now open for booking here.

The screenings take place on Sunday, November 5, at Florence Road Surgery, 26 Florence Road, London, W5 3TX. We are grateful to Dr Evans and the team for hosting the event.

If you have any queries, please contact CRY here, not the surgery or us.

The nearest tube is Ealing Broadway and there is a multi-storey car park close by at Ealing Broadway shopping centre. Parking in the nearby streets is usually metered.

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Fund-raising event

Runners raise more than £400 in an hour for @CRY_UK #Ealing #London

CRY, Andrew Carter Memorial Mile, September 2017

Andrew’s parents with runners at the start of the race. Photo montage: Sandra Courtney.

More than £400 has been raised for Tom’s Fund and CRY by participants in the Andrew Carter Memorial Mile on Saturday, September 2.

Almost 50 runners took part in the event in Lammas Park, Ealing, which was hosted by Ealing Half Marathon CIC.

“We had a lovely morning in the sun” said Sandra Courtney, for the organisers. “Thank you to all the runners and supporters who attended. We raised the money in just an hour and we hope there’s more to be donated online.”

The event is held each year in memory of Andrew, an Ealing resident who passed away after the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon.

Paul Clabburn said: “Once again we are extremely grateful to all who took part and to Andrew’s parents for donating via Tom’s Fund, thereby supporting local heart screening for young people.”

The next screenings in Ealing will be held in November.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Ealing, Fund-raising event, The Andrew Carter Memorial Mile

Run for @CRY_UK in #Ealing’s Lammas Park this weekend

Andrew Carter Memorial Mile 2016

Some of the 2016 runners ready for the off.

There’s still time to sign-up for this year’s Andrew Carter Memorial Mile, which takes place in Lammas Park, Ealing, on Saturday, September 2.

The run is held in tribute to Andrew, who collapsed from a cardiac arrest shortly before the end of the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon. He passed away the following Wednesday.

Every year since then, a memorial run has been organised in aid of Tom’s Fund and CRY as part of the Mile Series organised by the event organisers of the Ealing Half Marathon.

They say: “This special Mile event is held free of charge to anyone wanting to run, jog or walk our Mile Series course.” They add: “All we ask is that all runners make a donation to the collection tin on the day or donate online here to the Tom Clabburn Fund.”

You can sign up for the run here.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Fund-raising event

Eagles go the extra mile to raise nearly £1800 for @CRY_UK

CRY, Ealing Eagles cheque presentation, July 2017

Thom Martini, left, with Paul Clabburn

Ealing Eagles Running Club have raised nearly £1,800 for The Tom Clabburn Memorial Fund and CRY.

Club chairman Thom Martini said: “The Eagles have supported CRY for many years through their involvement in the Ealing Half Marathon and the Andrew Carter Memorial Mile. It seemed a natural progression to make Tom’s Fund our nominated charity for 2016/17 as we believe it is important that young people have the opportunity to access cardiac screening locally. “

Thom continued: “We held a series of running and social events to raise the money and we are delighted that it will be used to support such vital work. Being runners, we tend to think that we are all fit and healthy but tragically, as we’ve seen, that is not necessarily the case.”

Many of the club’s runners take part in the Ealing Half Marathon, which has again named CRY as an associated charity partner for the 2017 event in September. Members also turn out in large numbers to support the annual Andrew Carter Memorial Mile. Andrew died of an undiagnosed heart condition while taking part in the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon and his parents allow proceeds from the race to be paid into Tom’s Fund.

Tom’s dad, Paul, said: “We are honoured to have been nominated as the Ealing Eagles charity for the year. Both individually and collectively, they have been extremely supportive to us over the years and we can only thank them for yet again putting such a tremendous effort into raising money for the Fund. They are an incredibly generous group of people.”

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, CRY London Bridges Walk, Fund-raising event

Ten years of crossing bridges with @CRY_UK

CRY, Bridges Walk 2017, Team Tom, July 2017

Some of Team Tom at the start of the walk.

Thank you! More than 50 people turned-out for Team Tom to mark the 10th time we have taken part in CRY’s Heart of London Bridges Walk.

This year’s walk always felt particularly significant. A decade is a long time and with the event coming before the anniversary of Tom’s death, it was redolent with memories. To see so many people make extraordinary efforts to attend, therefore, was inspiring.

CRY’s estimate at time of writing is that we were among 1,400 people who took part. Looking around Potters Fields, it was wonderful to see how many were waiting to walk.

Wonderful but troubling. A story in the papers earlier this year told of a parent who discovered their 14-year-old son dead in bed. They had never heard of CRY, never heard of cardiac screening. All the things we were saying 10 years ago.

It raises the question – has there been progress? Is it worth giving up a Sunday to slog around 10k in the heat?

We’d say ‘Yes’.

Plainly cardiac screening is still not available as of right to young people. However, CRY are screening more people than ever before, more than 23,000 last year, and their research programme is a leader in its field. The scientific case for screening appears to be gaining ground.

The walk remains a key part in CRY’s armoury, its largest public event. It is not simply the sight of people walking or the funds raised. It also raises awareness up and down the country as local media tells the stories of those taking part.

It is one battle in a long and gruelling war. Ultimately, the injustice that is 12 young people dying each week because of undiagnosed heart conditions will end. The evidence will become too strong to be ignored.

And when it does, everyone who has ever walked will have played a part:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

Thank you for walking. It means more to us than words can say.








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