Every week in the UK, 12 young people (that is, aged 14-35) people die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Sadly, I have been personally touched by the tragedy of sudden cardiac death and seen the total loss and devastation brought to families and friends when a young, seemingly fit and healthy person dies without warning.
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is a charity dedicated to helping reduce this shocking number of deaths through greater awareness, research and its pioneering screening programme. The work they do is so important which is why I am proud to be a Patron of the charity – a role I have held for a number of years.
This month, I’m pleased to be helping launch CRY’s flagship event which is on Sunday July 17th.
Now in its 5th year, the ‘Heart of London Bridges Walk, has raised over £200,000 for CRY’s ambitious programme and annually brings together hundreds of people wanting to raise awareness and much needed funds.
Walkers will cross some of the Capital’s best-known bridges and pass at least 12 of London’s most iconic landmarks – representing those 12 tragic deaths each week.
We would very much appreciate your support on the 17th. To find out more or to sign up for the Walk, please log onto:
www.c-r-y.org.uk/bridges_walk_2010.htm or call 01737 363 222.
BBC Sports Presenter & CRY Patron