£10,000 grant for CRY charity to cope with rush after Fabrice Muamba collapseBy Becky Barnes
August 08, 2012
A charity supported by Bracknell families who have lost loved ones to undetected heart defects has seen a 500 per cent increase in screening since the collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba.
The Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity has now received a £10,000 Lottery grant to cope with demand.
Bolton midfielder Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in a game against Tottenham Hotspur in March.
His heart stopped for 78 minutes. The charity now says some good has come from the incident as more people have come forward asking for a scan.
Two families in Bracknell Forest have lost members to undetected heart defects and a number of the borough’s football clubs have held screening sessions in support of CRY.
Binfield FC held sessions last year, before Muamba’s collapse, and Sandhurst Town FC held fundraising events for the charity after the death of one its players, 14-year-old Lewis Marsh.
Lewis, from Sandhurst, died suddenly in 1998 from an undetected heart defect.
His family set up the Lewis Marsh Fund, which has raised more than £110,000 for CRY.
Another victim, Simon Pangborn, 35, from Birch Hill, collapsed and died just half an hour after having hospital tests after a long period of extreme tiredness.
It was discovered he had an inherited heart condition which can cause sudden collapse.
His mum Gill and wife Samantha have been involved with CRY since his death in July 2007.
Ben Robinson, community fundraiser for the charity, said: “As a charity we found that most people who knew of our work knew someone who suffered from a cardiac condition.
“Then for the first time people were contacting us who had no experience of it but wanted to know more.
“The increase in awareness is so important to the charity’s efforts to save young lives.”
Every year, Sandhurst Town FC holds the annual Lewis Marsh Tournament which is held at the club at Sandhurst Memorial Park in Yorktown Road on the weekend of Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2.
For more information on the charity visit www.c-r-y.org.uk.