Speaker Meeting 31st July 2017

Elaine Ward - Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

Church Wilne Rotary members welcomed Elaine Ward to its speaker meeting at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook on Monday 31st July when she gave an inspired talk on Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

Elaine shared with the members the very personal loss of her 17 year old son Neil in 1992 when at the age of just 17, whilst at his scout centre in Dronfield, he collapsed and died.

In 1995 CRY was formed, offering heart screening for 14-35 year olds and also offers help and support to affected families. The reason it is offered to this range of ages is that below 14 the heart is not fully developed and after 35 life style involved may include drinking, smoking and lack of exercise affecting the heart.

Sometimes an individual may have a cardiac abnormality without having any symptoms. Screening with an electrocardiogram (ECG) is aimed at identifying people with conditions such as heart muscle disorders or electrical faults of the heart.

Elaine Ward with her husband Iain

When Elaine retired in 2009 she got involved with the charity (CRY). Initially she had to raise £5,000 to get core funding which she succeeded in obtaining.

In 2014 they held a day of screening which is a simple, non-evasive and painless test that examines the electrical activity within the heart. The ECG involves lying down quietly and it takes around 5-10 minutes. After the ECG has taken place is reviewed by a doctor who is an expert in these conditions. The cost to CRY is £35 per person.

Since then they have held 4 screenings each year and in 2016 the Duke of Devonshire agreed to sponsor a day of screening at Chatsworth House.

Elaine spoke about many personal stories and experiences since setting up the "Neil Ward Memorial Fund" and said that the next screening day will by held at Amber Valley.

If people want to be screened please go onto their web site www.c-r-y.org.uk as they are often filled with 2 weeks.

In July 2018 they are looking for a venue in Long Eaton which requires something like 5 rooms or spaces plus electricity, toilets and car parking.

CRY does not just do screening they offer bereavement support counselling and also have a My Heart Group.

The club's vote of thanks was given by Brian Stokes who spoke about the need to talk when grieving and how Elaine and her husband have turned a tragedy into something inspirational.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


24th July 2017

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