The ‘CRY for Matthew’ fundraising appeal has been set up because currently in the UK over 12 young people a week die from undiagnosed heart defects and in 2012, Matthew Dewhirst became one of those statistics.

We are raising funds to screen young people in Cheshire and Shropshire for heart defects, especially those that are participating in competitive sport. #12aweek

We are holding a series of events every year, some with sponsorship opportunities for local businesses, and we hope that this may be an attractive option for you to consider supporting locally.

All the money we raise goes to Cardiac Risk in the Young, a small national charity set up to support the screening programme and to also support families as well as undertake a programme of research throughout the UK.

Cardiac Risk in the Young depend on the bereaved families to fund the heart screening days so that money given to the main charity can be used for research and counselling support.

The specialist screening that is offered has a cost of £50 per person, but this is a fraction of the true cost of the service and we know, that by offering this screening, reduces the risks of Young Sudden Cardiac Death by 90%