Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham helped national heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young celebrate its 15th anniversary at a parliamentary reception on Wednesday.

Kevan attended the event, along with the charity’s new Patron, chart-topping singer, Pixie Lott, who has joined the charity’s ongoing crusade to highlight the importance of screening young people – especially those who regularly take part in sport.

Kevan said “I was very pleased to help CRY celebrate 15 years of vital work in raising awareness of heart problems among young people, and developing their screening initiative.

“Around twelve young people are still dying every week from undiagnosed heart conditions so it is vital that CRY continue their excellent work, and that Members of Parliament play their part in improving accessibility to screening for young people.”

Pixie said, “I’ve become a patron of CRY as it affects so many young people and it’s crazy that a seemingly fit and young person can just drop down dead. I feel it’s important to raise awareness and will be using my new role to spread the word to young people.”

Alison Cox, Chief Executive said, “We have dedicated the past 15 years to developing a highly subsidised screening service that can pick up problems via a simple, non-invasive test. We have worked with MPs, Government departments and international experts to get this right and have fought tirelessly to make cardiac screening more accessible to young people.”

More information on CRY and their screening service can be found at www.c-r-y.org.uk. Or www.testmyheart.org.uk, or by calling 01737 363 222.