Which Charities for 2015?

Each year, we select two charities to benefit from the funds raised in addition to the Brain Tumour Foundation. The Liam Pridmore fund at the Brain Tumour foundation is of course an annual beneficiary. For more information on Liam, please see the About page here.

Cardiac Risk in the Young
We were made aware of the charity following the tragic and sudden death of a local girl Lucy Jessop, who collapsed and died in March 2015 after running with a friend. Lucy was such a happy young lady; she was very confident and enjoyed life to the full. She worked hard and attended The Deepings School and was looking forward to going to University. Prior to her sudden death she had been accepted to all her University choices and wanted so much to be a pharmacist. She loved to Party and had lots of great friends who are sadly missing her like crazy; she would want everyone to Party on and live their lives to the full. She worked at the Packhorse pub in Northborough and loved it so much. She had a great work ethic and loved her technology so much. Her mobile phone was a permanent fixture in her hand and every time she went out she would take photos of everything – Selfies were a must!

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of an undiagnosed heart condition such as the one that affected Lucy. Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programs and funds medical research. CRY also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

Please see their website for further detail. We are sure you will agree that this is a great cause for us to support in 2015.

Teenage Cancer Trust
We know how difficult and challenging it can be for young people with Cancer and their families to deal with the day to day onslaught of visits to hospital for the treatment they require. We’ve discovered a great new initiative in place at Addenbrookes Hospital and supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a Specialist Day-Care Centre specifically for those aged 14 to 24, and it provides a space for them to go to and hang out whilst undergoing treatment. It avoids them having to sit around on hospital wards during treatment and provides specific facilities that make their time spent in hospital a little more bearable. We know Liam would have loved a place like this. He would have especially liked the gaming facilities and the pool table!

Please see this page on their site for more information.

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One thought on “Which Charities for 2015?

  1. I’m Lucy’s mum and we were going to join this years bike ride, however,last Friday we went to Papworth for tests to see if we had any undiagnosed heart conditions like the one Lucy died off, our first two tests showed my husband has an undiagnosed heart problem, we now need to wait for further tests to find out what is causing the irregular readings, my tests showed a slight irregular reading which they think might be down to medication I am on. I too need further tests, because of this we are not going to be able to join the ride, however we are hoping to join in the fun day, as it is so good CRY have been chosen, along with the other amaxing charities, we are hoping to raise enough money in her memory to get CRY to do local screenings for local young people, I feel if we can even help local people get screened then Lucy’s life would not have been in vain, anyone who wishes to be screened can get a free screening through one of CRYS many screening days, however, these are often quite a long way away, I know of a few young people who would like to be screened but cannot get to them, my husband was shocked when he was told his tests showed a problem as he thought he was totally fit, I would advice anyone between the age limits for a CRY screening to have one, Sadly Lucy lost that option, we are so grateful Lucy’s Charity has been chosen, she would be so humbled to see all the support everyone has shown, thankyou

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