Chichester head teacher walking for charity

A CHICHESTER head teacher will be taking part in an annual fundraising walk for a national heart charity.

Sue Meekings, from Arundel, will be among hundreds of walkers taking part in the event organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The head of Fordwater School first became involved in the charity when her son Luke died aged just 24 in June 2008 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Luke was a very fit and active young man who had played hockey at county level, taking part in England Under-18 trials.

Since his death, Sue and her family have worked tirelessly to support CRY, organising screenings for her other sons, one of whom has since been diagnosed with the same condition as Luke.

Sue is a firm believer that all young people should have access to screening and hopes to raise as much awareness as possible of the condition.

The Heart of London Bridges Walk is now in its fifth year and has already become the flagship event in the charity’s calendar, raising more than £200,000 since its launch.

The five-mile route starts at Victoria Embankment Gardens and finish at Hays Galleria, near London Bridge.

CRY is currently working with cardiologists and family doctors to promote and protect the cardiac health of young people by establishing good practice and screening facilities to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Call 01737 363222 or see www.c-r-y.org.uk for details.