Charity Ball in aid of C.R.Y - A tribute to Louise

This month I attended a Charity Ball hosted by a friend of mine in remembrance for Louise, a dear friend of ours who died suddenly last year.  Louise suffered from a cardiac arrest.  Something that we don't think of with younger people, we are more used to hearing about it with people in their 50's or older.  But sadly it's all too common. Before I tell you about the wonderful Charity Ball and more about CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)  I'd like to say a big thank you to Louise's family who have allowed me to write this article and share their story.  Louise's family miss her dreadfully, but they have many happy memories of times spent together.Louise Teeder / CRY

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Just take a look at these statistics...

  • At least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people are dying every week in the UK of undiagnosed heart conditions.
  • 80% of young sudden cardiac deaths occur with no prior symptoms.
  • In Italy where screening is mandated for all people involved in organised sport,  they have reduced the number of young sudden deaths in sport by 89%.
  • 1 in 300 people that CRY tests will have a potentially life threatening condition.
  • 1 in 100 people that CRY tests are identified with a less serious cardiac condition, that could cause problems later in life.
  • CRY has now screened over 70,000 young people at over 1,200 screening days since the charity began.
  • Over 1,000 bereaved families have now received support and advice from Alison Cox MBE, CRY’s Founder & Chief Executive.
  • 21 research fellows have been trained by CRY and over £2,000,000 has been invested into researching young sudden cardiac death.

Louise's best friend, Laura, decided to organise a fantastic charity ball in support of C.R.Y - Cardiac Risk in the Young - and in remembrance to Louise.  You've probably never heard of C.R.Y before - neither had we.  It's now a huge part of our lives.

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Our charity ball was held on Friday 9th October 2015 at Abbeymoor Golf Club in Addlestone, Surrey.  Over a hundred guests came dressed to the nines in ball gowns, suits and tuxedo's, ready to raise some money for C.R.Y.

We spent the evening chatting about Louise, remembering all the good times with her and I've lost count of how many people I heard saying

"Lou would have LOVED tonight!"  Laura you did your friend proud!

We were served a 3 course meal courtesy of Abbeymoor Golf Club and were in for a wonderful night of dancing, a raffle, auction and fundraising!

Laura did a wonderful speech and thanked all the fabulous people that helped make this charity ball such a huge success but I'd like to give them my thanks and credit them all here too.. we couldn't have done it without you, so THANK YOU!!

These amazing people were:

  • Sarah Hatch of Nanna Buns, Bakery & Sugarcraft who made us delicious C.R.Y cookies as well as created beautiful centrepieces and balloons
  • Maureen at The Gemstone Box who created gorgeous bracelets
  • Sue Williams as a spokesperson for C.R.Y who tragically lost her own son due to a cardiac arrest
  • Hannah Crossland-Scott of The Event Emporium who decorated the hall with linens, chair covers and sashes
  • And not forgetting C.R.Y themselves who gave us donation boxes, balloons and a wonderful fundraising kit!

We also received a huge amount of donations for the raffle including a holiday for 8 people, hampers, a photo session from us at Notton House Photography, paintballing, lots of yummy food and tasty drinks and much much more!

Below is a slideshow of images from the fabulous charity ball.

So far the charity ball for Lou, in aid of C.R.Y has raised £2714. WHICH IS AWESOME!

Well done to everyone that purchased tickets for the charity ball, donated their time and money or bought raffle tickets!

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A bit about C.R.Y:

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young. By supporting CRY you will help save young lives from these potentially fatal cardiac conditions.

CRY has many ambitious projects to enable it to provide the support and research to help save young lives.  Its programme of activities strives to prevent these tragedies through:

  • Our National Screening Programme
  • Funding medical research into young sudden cardiac death
  • Developing the CRY Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology
  • Raising awareness of the risk of undetected cardiac conditions in young people

CRY also supports young people diagnosed with life-threatening cardiac conditions through:

  • the myheart Network

and those affected by young sudden cardiac death by:

  • Offering a fast-track expert cardiac pathology service through the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology
  • Providing a Bereavement Support Service to help those who have suffered a loss
  • Providing information and literature free of charge

For further information please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk or www.testmyheart.org.

If you'd like to make a donation to CRY directly, you can do that here.