20 June 2024

Runner’s charity challenge in memory of friend

By Rebecca Hannant

A keen runner from Roos will be running 20 miles down the coast to support two heart charities after the death of his friend at just 27 years of age.

Andrew Holdbrook, 30, has pledged to support CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) Foundation, after suffering the loss of his friend Darren Uscroft, who died from heart-related problems.

Each week about 12 young people in the UK die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions, which the charities aim to prevent through awareness campaigns, research and supporting affected families.

They also offer subsidised ECG and echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 and 35. The test is a simple method used to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. Each session costs about £6,000 and can accommodate 100 people.

Andrew will run solo along the Holderness coast from Skipsea to Withernsea, on Saturday, July 2, with support from friends and family who will be cheering him along from certain points down the coastline, before gathering at Withernsea’s Pier Towers for the finish.

Darren’s friends and family have already raised money for multiple ECG screening sessions, and the funds raised by Andrew’s run will go towards providing more tests for people living in the HU postcode.

Andrew said: “The time has come again for me to not only raise money for this amazing charity but also awareness around what Cardiac Risk in the Young and SADS do.”

Andrew’s challenge will begin at 10am and he will arrive at the Pier Towers at about 2pm. He hopes to raise £1,000. To donate, visit gofund.me/79509e3a, and charity boxes can also be found in the Black Horse in Roos and the Roos Arms.