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CRY charity honoured with international award

UK-based charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has recently been recognised for its work in health promotion and the development of awareness campaigns, by the Fundación Mapfre Institution.

The Institution awarded the prize to CRY based on “the significant contribution of the organisation to the promotion of health and the improvement of the quality of life, the degree of innovation and the originality of the action undertaken.”

Founder and chief executive Dr Alison Cox MBE attended the ceremony in Madrid, where the award was presented by the Chair of the ceremony, Her Majesty Queen Sofía. Dr Cox said; “It is a tremendous honour for me to accept this award on behalf of CRY. We were delighted when we heard that our work had been recognised by Fundación Mapfre and would be the recipients of the prestigious Social Award – especially during our 20th anniversary year!”

“However, this award not only reflects the work of our loyal staff and outstanding researchers and medics – but also the many hundreds of families who have become involved with CRY over the past two decades and who are dedicated to raising funds and increasing awareness of young sudden cardiac death, often in the wake of their own, personal tragedy,” she added.

“By working together, we are making a significant impact in preventing these devastating, young deaths and ensuring that everyone – from politicians to healthcare professionals to the general public ­– listen and learn from our key messages about screening and research,” Dr Cox continued.

“Our aims have not changed in 20 years and we will continue to raise awareness until the public and medical practitioners are familiar with the symptoms to be aware of and where young people can get tested. We will continue funding support for bereaved families and young people identified with cardiac conditions, funding proactive screening to allow young people without any symptoms to have their hearts tested and funding research to improve policy and practice,” Dr Cox concluded.

Since CRY’s inception, the organisation has grown into an influential body that advises on national policy. Recently, the charity has contributed a number of papers and presentations at major conferences such as the European Society of Cardiology. CRY also has a long heritage of providing ‘bespoke’ support for families who have tragically been affected by young sudden cardiac death – with over 1,400 families receiving expert advice on the cause of death of their child or partner after calling CRY. A network of bereavement supporters have completed two years of accredited training so they can support others after their tragedy.

Published on: June 26, 2015

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