Essex Junior Squash has decided to donate all profits from the Essex Junior Open to CRY… the charity fighting to prevent sudden, cardiac deaths in the young through awareness, screening and research.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of un-diagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).

CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.

CRY also promotes and develops heart-screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public and funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

Explaining Essex Junior Squash’s decision to support CRY, head county coach Lauren Selby said: “ We have always supported CRY, and many of our young, Essex players have benefited from their screening programme, but we wanted to do a little more to help.

“We decided to donate all the profits from the Essex Junior Open to the charity. They are carrying out vital work but like so many charities they need more financial help. We are dedicated to looking after our athletes and encourage all juniors over the age of 14 to get their hearts tested, whether they are playing sport or not.”

To learn more about CRY and their screening programme, check out their website at www.c-r-y.org.uk