£1,500 cheque for the Joseph Halliwell Memorial Fund

Joseph Halliwell, from Woodley, Stockport, died aged just 20 in 2012 after suffering a seizure while riding his bike.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed 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 promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

On Sunday 11th October  at Oaklands Masonic Hall, Hyde,   WBro David V.Dyson APGM for Area 4 presented a cheque from the Cheshire Freemasons Charity (CFC) for £1,500 to Joanna and Simon Halliwell parents of Joseph, they received the generous donation on behalf of  C.R.Y Foundation  which provides screening locally for young persons, to detect early signs of possible cardiac problems, which could result in sudden death in apparently healthy youngsters.

left to right, Simon and Joanna Halliwell with David Dyson
left to right, Simon and Joanna Halliwell with David Dyson

Jo & Simon then enjoyed a  buffet dinner as guests of  WBro Mike Shaw PAPGM who had organised the presentation.

The previous week Jo and Simon had hosted a Masquerade Ball at  Oaklands Hall  and had raised over £4,000  it was a great success and they are thinking of making it an annual event.



story and photograph courtesy of Adrian Brown