Leading London sports college stages a week
of sponsored swims
29th June 2010
Hundreds of young
students from South West London are making a splash this week in a bid
to raise awareness and vital funds for CRY. Students at Ernest
Bevin College in Tooting are using National Sports Week to launch a
series of "swimathons" for CRY.
part of this week long fundraising and awareness raising
effort, over 60 of the boys (aged between 11 and 16)
screened at the school for potentially
life-threatening cardiac defects by CRY’s expert team of
Matt Wells - GB Rowing and Olympic Bronze Medallist
in 2008 - was in attendance to help launch the "swimathons"
and he kindly also agreed to be screened to help show
the students at Ernest Bevin that the heart screening
procedure is quick, easy and painless.
Sudden cardiac death in the young claims the
lives of at least 12 apparently fit and healthy
people (aged 35 and under) every week in the UK.
In around 80% of cases there are no signs or
symptoms and so the only way to detect a
potentially sinister cardiac abnormality is by
having this simple screening test.
First launched at the Ernest Bevin College, the
UK-wide swimming initiative -
CRYSWIM 2010 - is
proving to be a fun and inclusive way of
fundraising within schools.
Earlier this year the campaign was
championed by the then Secretary of State for Health,
Andy Burnham MP, who will himself be “diving in at the
deep end” in support of CRY in September (as part of
CRY's 15th anniversary celebrations) when he takes part
in the gruelling Great North Swim, across Lake
Andy Garside, Director of
Specialisms at Ernest Bevin College said,
“Sport is a vital part of our
ethos here at Ernest Bevin, so we’re delighted
to be able to use our facilities and enthusiasm
in support of CRY.
who takes part will know that they are making an
important contribution to CRY’s work to reduce
the horrifying number of deaths every week in
the UK. It is also a unique opportunity for some
of our lads to be screened and to walk away with
the reassurance they are fit and well.”
CRY’s Chief Executive and Founder,
Alison Cox MBE adds, “We are so grateful to the staff
and pupils from Ernest Bevin College who are giving up
their time and energy to help support us in our ongoing
mission to reduce the number of young lives lost
needlessly to sudden cardiac death.
working together to encourage young people to take the
plunge and support CRYSWIM 2010, we can really make a
difference in our special 15th anniversary year.”
CRY Patron Matt Wells is
screened by Professor Sanjay Sharma