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Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in 2016, BBC, Book sale, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event, Tom Clabburn

BBC book sale raises £650 for @CRY_UK

CRY, BBBC book sale, December 2016

Left to right, Mariita, Ruth, Jacky and Anne Marie.

A book sale at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters raised £650 for Tom and Claire’s Fund and CRY.

The event, on Thursday, December 1, the second anniversary of Claire’s death, was organised by her friend and colleague Ruth Akins-Arulanandam.

“We had a wonderful contribution of books from 5Live (Jessica Latimer) and we also had an unexpected top up of from the Victoria Derbyshire show (Monica Soriano),” said Ruth.

“The lovely Lorna Donlon bought in some gorgeous chocolate cakes which were sold within the hour.

“The book sale wouldn’t have happened without Gillian Dear who organised the space and helped collect the books in the lead-up to the event. On the day we had Suzanne Yates, Jacky Hems, Mariita Eager, Anne Marie Ballantyne, Madeline Ferguson, Dhruti Shah and Smitha Mundasad helping to sell as much as they could in aid of CRY.

“It was a day tinged with sadness as it has been two years since the passing of our dear friend Claire. This made us all the more determined to raise as many funds as we could in memory of Claire and Tom.

“It was lovely to spend the day with Claire’s friends and former colleagues, remembering her; she is missed by so many people. The sale came to a wonderful end when we realised how much we had raised in aid of CRY.

“Suzanne Yates also took the opportunity to take the remaining books to Oxfam on Marylebone high street, something Claire used to do herself at the end of a book sale.”

Ellen Clabburn said: “We really appreciate the effort made by Ruth and all those who helped. It was a lovely thing to do as Mum specialised in book sales for CRY. They are such a good way to raise both funds and awareness.”

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in 2016, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event

Liz’s marathon effort for Claire and @CRY_UK

Claire Prosser and Liz Rawlings

Claire and Liz.

BBC journalist Liz Rawlings will be tackling her first marathon in memory of Claire and to support CRY when she takes part in this year’s London event on Sunday.

Liz said: “Claire was – and remains – a legend at the BBC. She started the Journalism Trainee Scheme which gave me and so many others our starts.

“I was a trainee in Claire’s 5th year running the scheme. She was so much more than a manager to us – she was a mentor and friend.

“We found out relatively early on in the scheme what had happened to Tom and the brilliant work Cardiac Risk in the Young did. Claire spoke so passionately about the charity and was always organising events to raise money. After Claire died, I decided to run the London Marathon to raise money for CRY in her memory. I have been running for a few years – but this is my first marathon.

“I hope I can raise as much money for CRY as possible. I’m nearly at my target, but the more money I can raise the more young people can be tested – and more lives saved.

“I haven’t thought much about what I’ll do after the marathon – 26.2 miles seems a long way – but one thing is certain, I’ll have a glass of Prosecco. It’s what Claire would have wanted!”

You can sponsor Liz here.

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in 2016, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Claire Prosser, CRY screenings, Tom Clabburn

Your money in action for @CRY_UK

St Georges launch event, 2016

Left to right: CRY founder Alison Cox, research fellow Dr Keteepe-Arachi and patron Ben Brown.

This morning I went to see your latest fund-raising efforts turn into potentially life-saving work at the CRY Centre For Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology, St George’s Hospital, Tooting.

All the running, climbing, book-selling, cake baking and myriad other activities you’ve taken part in since our fund started in 2008 has now raised more than £150,000 for CRY.

So it was great to

  • See the first of six days of subsidised screenings get underway. The fund is supporting the screenings between January and March at a cost of £18,000. Young people aged 14-35 attend from all over the UK and around 110 screenings are booked per session.
  • Have a look at the brand new echocardiogram machine sporting Tom and Claire’s names that was bought at a cost of £27,000.
  • Meet Dr Tracey Keteepe-Arachi, the CRY research fellow who was leading the day’s screening programme. Our fund has donated £10,000 towards research.

It was particularly fitting that the BBC’s Ben Brown, family friend and CRY patron, was able to attend the launch because he represents each and every one of you who has ever supported CRY. Not only has Ben done whatever he can to raise awareness, he has also fund-raised by putting in the hard miles running half and full marathons.

It was also, of course, a pleasure to have a chat once again with Alison Cox. CRY’s founder may have stepped down as Chief Executive but she is still getting up at the crack on a Saturday morning to support events such as these.

Last year alone, CRY screened 23,000 young people. It shows a need, it shows the demand, but there’s a long way to go before there’s a national screening programme to replace the efforts of CRY. Since starting in 1995, the charity has screened more than 80,000 young people.

Part of that total is down to you. On the way home I heard Patti Smith on Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She talked about writing the song ‘People Have The Power’, which includes the line ‘We can turn the world around.’ Because of your efforts to turn at least one part of the world around, Tom and Claire’s Fund has sponsored more than 1,200 of those screenings.

That’s 1,200 who have been given a chance Tom did not have.

For today at least, then, it seems right to reflect with great pride on the efforts of a remarkable group of CRY supporters, a group that has raised £150,000 in Tom and Claire’s names.

Thank you.

CRY St George's launch event

The echo bought with your fund-raising efforts.

 

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in 2015, Claire Prosser

Claire

Claire

CLAIRE

(In memory of Claire Prosser)

We hold true to your joy of being,
your heartache and your soul.
We return, each, to the last time
we met, the last time you smiled
that ready smile, then the time
before that, and that … We recall the
hours we shared and those that were
still to come, and mull the years to come
unshared, over bridges that we crossed,
along streets that chime unchanged,
– all, henceforth, haunted by your shade.
Memory must suffice, the store
in which to treasure your timeline.
It is what we cleave to now –
friend after friend after friend …

Published by permission of author and poet, James Ballantyne.

Thanks Jim.

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Book sale, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event

Stock up on books @BrentfordFest and help @CRY_UK #Brentford #Ealing

Claire and Ellen at the Brentford Festival

Claire and Ellen at the 2014 Brentford Festival.

You can grab some autumn reading from a bookstall in aid of Tom and Claire’s Fund at the Brentford Festival this coming Sunday, September 6.

Members of Claire’s book group, Anne Marie Reilly, Mariita Eager, Debbie Young, Justine O’Driscoll and Vanessa Boulter, are organising the event. Anne Marie said: “Last year for the first time Claire and Ellen had a CRY bookstall at the Festival.

“It was a great success and Claire was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to a new group of local residents and increase awareness about the work of CRY and also raise some money.

“We thought we would like to carry on the event in memory of Claire and to continue her good work for CRY. Do come along and support us and enjoy the festivities.”

The Brentford Festival is a well established annual community-led event with live bands, food and drink, rides, stalls and more. It takes place from 12 noon to 6 pm, in Blondin Park, Ealing. Full details here.

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, BBC, Claire Prosser, Life After Tom, Tom Clabburn

Claire’s ‘Life After Tom’ documentary now available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Life After Tom

Life After Tom on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Claire’s BBC Radio 4 documentary, ‘Life After Tom’, is now available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

You can find it here.

The programme, written and narrated by Claire, was first broadcast in October, 2008, and describes how she navigated the first 12 months after Tom’s death.

That it is now available on demand is due to the efforts of Claire’s friend – and producer of the programme – Linda Pressly.

Having listened to it again, it seems to me to have withstood the test of time and therefore stands as a fitting tribute to Claire, both as a mother and as a journalist.

PC, June 3, 2015.

 

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