Cake sale to raise funds for Cardiac Screening

Colourful cup cakes

There’ll be lots of tasty home-baked treats on offer tomorrow (November 23) at Botley Market Hall as part of an annual Charity cake sale that can help save young lives.

The CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Cake Bake is an annual event held across the country by families who have lost loved ones to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (known as YSCD or SADS). Organisers Graham and Anne Hunter lost their daughter Claire Reed in 2013 aged only 22 – she had been married for only five months.

Since then, the Hunters have raised over £60,000 in memory of Claire and the money has funded free heart screening sessions for over 1,400 young people locally. All the money raised tomorrow will go towards the £5,000 needed to screen another group of 100 young people from the Eastleigh area.

Cry say that at least 12 young people a week die from YSCD in the UK. With the conditions that cause it being detected by a simple non-invasive heart screening in 80% of cases of YSCD there are no prior symptoms.

Matt Hancock

With Health Secretary Matt Hancock L-R Dr Steven Cox, Graham Hunter, Matt Hancock, Prof Sanjay Sharma, Peter Hunter and Anne Hunter

Earlier this month the Hunter family along with the CEO of the CRY charity Dr Steven Cox and Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma met with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to put the case for a government sponsored national screening programme that would check all young people for potential heart problems and tomorrow morning, Graham Hunter will be on the BBC Radio Solent Breakfast Show talking to host Julian Clegg about the visit.

Tomorrow’s Cake Sale will be held at Botley Market Hall from 2pm – 4.30 pm. Tea and Coffee will be served and there will also be a prize tombola and live music from the popular local choir Singsational Voices.