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Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Claire Prosser, Donations, Ealing

Munsons of #Ealing donate £250 to @CRY_UK

Munsons cheque presentation, December 2017

Neo presents the cheque on behalf of Munsons to Vicky.

Munsons Coffee and Eats have donated a cheque for £250 to Tom and  Claire’s fund.

The cafe, in St Mary’s Road, Ealing, have supported the fund for many years.

CRY supporter and family friend Vicky Pearson, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the fund, said: “Claire was a regular customer at Munsons, meeting friends and holding fundraising book sales.

“Munsons holds memories for many of us and to receive this donation shows what a special place it is.”

The money will contribute towards further heart screenings to be held in Ealing next year.

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in 2016, Donations

Whitman and Co’s grand support for @CRY_UK

CRY, Whitman and Co, January 2016

James Matthews, centre, with Chris Chalmers, right, of Whitman and Co.

The cracking start to the new year for Tom and Claire’s Fund has continued with the handing over of a cheque for £1,000 by Chiswick estate agents Whitman and Co.

James Matthews, director of  the company, said: “We heard about the work of the fund on behalf of Cardiac Risk in the Young and thought it a very worthy cause. We like to play our part in the community by supporting such initiatives.”

Paul Clabburn said: “We are very grateful to Whitman and Co for the donation, which will allow nearly 30 young people to be screened by CRY . We will be sponsoring further free screenings in west London in the autumn of 2016. Anyone who wishes to be screened before then should visit”

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Donations, Uncategorized

Tom, Claire, your money and @CRY_UK

CRY postcard campaign

CRY: a voice for Tom and all those like him.

This week is CRY’s awareness week. Tomorrow is Tom’s birthday. This coming Tuesday is Claire’s anniversary. A time, then, for reflection, for reminiscence and, perhaps, a time to look forward as well, for both Tom and Claire’s Fund and CRY.

As many of you will know, after we started the Fund in 2008 it was Claire’s great wish that it should raise £100,000 in support of CRY. When we lost Claire, it was just short of that figure. It is now well in excess.

We’ve therefore spent much time talking to CRY about how we might put that money to work. There’s no point in people raising or donating cash only for it to sit in an account. So we’ve agreed with CRY to spend:

• £27,000 on the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine as part of the expansion of the CRY screening programme, enabling more young people to have access to cardiac screening.

• £18,000 to fund six days of screening between January and March, 2016, at CRY’s national screening centre at St George’s hospital, Tooting, London.  Young people aged 14-35  travel from all over the country to this regular clinic.

• £10,000 to fund research into young sudden cardiac death, supporting CRY research fellowship grants which are focussed on developing a greater understanding of the conditions that cause young sudden cardiac death and improving the way the young people at greatest risk are identified.

Additionally, we’ll spend further money sponsoring free screenings in Ealing in Autumn 2016, Spring 2017 and Autumn 2017.

You raised it. We’re spending it on your behalf. We hope you approve. It will leave little in the pot but, as people keep so brilliantly running, baking, selling, donating and so on, we’re sure that the Fund will be able to carry on sponsoring free screenings in 2018 and beyond.

Although we can but hope that by then we are doing so in tandem with a change of UK policy on cardiac screening that properly addresses the loss of at least 12 young lives aged 14-35 each week to undiagnosed heart conditions.

At last night’s CRY All Party Parliamentary Group event in the Commons, the charity officially launched a bold new campaign. It aims to put names to all those who make up the 12 a week statistic, to give a voice to those we have lost. CRY want to make clear to the Government the extent of the problem following the flawed decision in the summer by the UK National Screening Committee not to recommend a national screening programme. CRY have decided this cannot go unchallenged.

The new campaign will be led by Dr Steve Cox, currently CRY’s deputy chief executive, who will become its new CEO.

By which you’ll note that there’s also going to be a change at the top. CRY’s founder and CEO, Alison Cox, has decided to step down after 20 years. Alison is a remarkable woman who took on the medical and political establishment in order to shine a light on the extent of young sudden cardiac death in the UK. But for her, families like ours would have had no specialist charity to turn to for counselling, for advice and, as importantly, for a sense that there is much work to be done.

In a letter to CRY supporters, Alison wrote “I have been so privileged to be Chief Executive of CRY for so long but now would like more time to focus on the development of how we support CRY families, which is how I would like to continue in my role for the foreseeable future.”

We, too, have been privileged in being able to witness at first-hand the drive, rigour and, above all, humanity, that Alison brought to her task. We hope that you will join us in wishing Alison well as she changes direction and to Steve as he takes CRY forward.

Paul and Ellen x

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Donations, Fund-raising event

Diamond wedding raises more than £500 for @CRY_UK

CRY logo

More than £500 was raised for CRY at the diamond wedding anniversary celebration of Peggy and Gordon Prosser on October 11.

Peggy and Gordon expressed their grateful thanks to all who contributed to the grand total of £545 during a buffet luncheon for family and friends at the Cecil Ince Hall. West Clandon, Surrey.

The donations were in memory of a grandson, Tom Clabburn, who died of an undiagnosed heart condition aged 14 in 2007, and their daughter, Tom’s mother, Claire Prosser, who died on December 1, 2014.

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in 2014, Donations, Fund-raising event

Songbyrds hit right note for @CRY_UK


CRY logo

An hour’s “fun and vocal exercise” raised £427 for Tom and Claire’s Fund and CRY on December 10.

The Ealing Songbyrds choir only had a 60 minute slot at Northfields Tube Station but member Sheila King, a friend and neighbour of Tom and Claire, said:

“It must have been a combination of the very visible CRY banner, the sweet tones of the choir and the cash collectors that caused Ealing’s commuters to dig deep into their pockets! It was a very good result.”

The Songbyrds are on the lookout for new members so if any Ealing residents want to join what Sheila describes as a “local and informal ladies choir which meets in the Northfields area each week”, they should contact Fiona on 07732 226836.

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in 2014, Claire Prosser, Donations, Tom Clabburn

You’ve done it – you’ve raised more than £100,000 for CRY


Tom and Claire ski-ing

Tom and Claire

Claire wanted to raise £100,000 for CRY in Tom’s memory – and we asked you if you’d help to achieve that in memory of both Tom and Claire.

You’ve done that and more.

As of this morning, donations to what is now Tom and Claire’s Fund stand in excess of £110,000 since we first began fund-raising in 2008. There is still more money coming in.

All we can say is a huge “THANK YOU”.

Our focus will remain on working with CRY to provide free heart screenings for young people in west London. Our belief – Claire’s belief – is that screening can make a difference.

It can help to challenge a dreadful statistic – that 12 young people aged 14-35, like Tom, die each week from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Since we lost Tom in 2007, CRY’s figures suggest a further 4,500 young people will have died. The vast majority could have been saved with a simple test:

  • One in every 300 that CRY tests – and CRY has tested more than 70,000 young people – 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.

Like other health screening programmes, it can’t yet identify all those at risk. But in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, they have reduced the incidence of young sudden cardiac death by 89%.

To read more on the latest research, click here.

But for now, all we’d like to say once again is a huge “THANK YOU”.

Paul and Ellen x

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