An internationally acclaimed musician and father is raising money to bring a screening programme to Richmond.

Colin Woolway, from Twickenham, became involved with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) after his son Silas was diagnosed with a life threatening cardiac condition when he was 17.

Silas became aware of the condition during a random blood pressure and heart rate test at his Sunday league football mate.

The test revealed his heart rate was "through the roof".

After further tests, Silas was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, which if left untreated can lead to cardiac death.

The keen footballer was told to stop all physical activity right away.

Since then Colin has been campaigning for CRY and he will be holding a fundraising event at Hideaway Club, Streatham on Thursday, January 24 to raise funds to bring CRY’s pioneering screening programme to the local area.

The unique ‘drumming’ event will feature performances from celebrity drummers. As well as raising money for CRY, Colin will also be celebrating his 60th birthday during the event.

Colin said: “Silas’s diagnosis was a huge shock to the family but we’re so grateful that his condition was picked up and Silas can manage and live with his condition, rather than potentially die from it.

“I’m delighted that I’ve become involved with the charity and will do all I can to raise awareness of the importance of screening and Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD).

"We’re one of the lucky ones but it’s vital that screening – and CRY’s many other amazing services – can continue delivering support to young people and their families across the UK.”

Every week in the UK, at least 12 young people (that is aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In 80 percent of these cases, there will have been no warning signs or symptoms.

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