Barbara met bereaved families to launch a new campaign to highlight the growing number of deaths from the tragic and often hidden conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in the young.
The event was attended by families of the 12 young people featured on the postcard, representing the number of apparently fit young people who die from previously undiagnosed heart conditions every week in the UK.
“I am just one of many MPs who have been touched by these dreadful and indiscriminate tragedies following the sudden death of a young person. In 2005 a young person from Worsley, Amy Williams, died from a heart condition aged just eleven years old. Since then, I have supported the work of CRY and have taken part in the Salford Women’s Run to raise money and publicity for the charity. Sudden deaths like this have such a devastating impact on family and friends. I support the call from Cardiac Risk in the young for work to prevent further deaths through a screening programme.”