Cardiac Risk in the Young

27th November 2017
Geoffrey Cox QC, MP for Torridge & West Devon, has pledged his support to local mother and daughter’s efforts to save young lives.
During a meeting with his constituents, Brenda Luckett and Charlotte Henderson of Bude, Mr Cox offered support and publicity for the selfless work they do in conjunction with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
The mother and daughter duo have been proactive supporters of CRY and have put heart screening in the spotlight in Mr Cox’s constituency following the sudden and tragic death of their son and brother, Martyn. He was aged just 19.
Brenda, said; “July 11th 2005 was the worst day of our lives. We lost our youngest son Martyn and our whole lives changed that very moment we had the dreaded call from the hospital in Swindon. Martyn was a keen motorcycle trials rider and represented the South West on several occasions. Since then we have been raising money for CRY to fund regional screenings, so that other families might be spared the same heartache that we have endured.”
Every week in the UK, 12 young people (aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. 80% of these young people have no signs or symptoms and so the only way to detect a potentially sinister cardiac abnormality is by having cardiac screening.
CRY encourages young people to be screened, and offers a national screening service where anyone aged 14-35 can access free cardiac screening. Local team John, Brenda and Charlotte Luckett have tirelessly raised thousands with the help of their dedicated family and friends to fund local cardiac screening of young people in North Devon and Cornwall for the past 8 years.  The next screening event will be held in Barnstaple on 10/11 March (venue to be confirmed).  Young people can register their interest to be notified at
Geoffrey Cox QC MP, added  “I am delighted to lend my support to Brenda & Charlotte and CRY’s ongoing campaigning activity. I would like to congratulate their campaign which educates and offers support to so many young people and their families. As a father of three I was incredibly saddened to learn about the tragic circumstances which led them to work with CRY and I encourage my younger constituents to attend a local screening.”
Following their meeting with Mr Cox, Brenda Luckett and Charlotte Henderson attended CRY’s parliamentary reception to launch a powerful new booklet for young people learning to navigate their emotions following the tragic and sudden death of a close friend from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.
Photos: Mr Cox with Mrs Luckett and her daughter Mrs Charlotte Henderson and later, Mrs Luckett and Mrs Henderson at CRY’s parliamentary reception.

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