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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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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in 2017, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Fund-raising event

Hannah’s towering effort raises money for @CRY_UK

CRY Hannah Dunn Spinnacker Tower, Porstmouth, April 2017

Don’t look down! Hannah gets set.

Claire’s cousin Hannah Dunn successfully abseiled down the 170 metre Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Saturday, April 22, to raise money for Tom and Claire’s Fund.

Hannah said: “Well, I did it!  The most terrifying experience was when going over the edge but once on the way it was fantastic.”

Her effort raised a total of £1406 which will be split between Tom and Claire’s Fund and St. Barnabas House hospice in Worthing.

Hannah, who says she is an ‘adrenaline junky’ after jumping from 13,000 feet over Salisbury Plain to raise money for CRY in her first skydive in 2015, says she’s now planning what challenge to take on next.

If you want to support Hannah, you can still do so here.





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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in 2017, Fund-raising event

Hannah roped in for @CRY_UK abseil

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Creative Commons, author, Rhys Jones

Spinnaker Town, Portsmouth. Author: Rhys Jones. Licensed by Creative Commons.

Not content with flinging herself from planes, Claire’s cousin Hannah Dunn is now planning to abseil down the 170 metre Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Saturday, April 22.

She’ll be raising money for Tom and Claire’s Fund and St. Barnabas House hospice in Worthing.

Hannah, who says she is now officially an ‘adrenaline junky’, jumped from 13,000 feet over Salisbury Plain to raise money for CRY in her first skydive in 2015.

If you want to support Hannah in her latest escapade, you can do so here.

CRY, Hannah Dunn, 2015


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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 Sep 19, 2016 in 2016, Awareness, Cardiac Risk in the Young, CRY screenings, Fund-raising event, The Andrew Carter Memorial Mile

Take to the streets to support the #EalingHalf and @CRY_UK #Ealing

CRY postcard campaign

Help to prevent 12-a-week.


This coming Sunday, thousands of runners will take part in the annual Ealing Half Marathon – and @CRY_UK and Tom and Claire’s Fund will benefit as an associated charity.

While it’s now too late to book a place to run, you can still get out on the pavements to cheer on the runners.

The event follows hard on the heels of the Andrew Carter Memorial Mile, organised by Ealing Half Marathon organisers Kelvin Walker and Sandra Courtney. That race raised around £1,000 for Tom and Claire’s Fund and we are very grateful to Kelvin, Sandra and the Carter family for their support.

To host each free CRY screening day for 100 people, the Fund has to raise £3,500. The practical outcome of the memorial mile is that it pays for the screening of about 30 young people aged 14-35. So, to all of you who took part, that’s what you’ve achieved.  Thank you.

Our next free heart screenings will be held in Ealing on November 6. Details on how to book will appear on this site in early October. You can sign up to email alerts if you want to be updated.

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