Today’s charity partner is the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), an organisation that aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac deaths and raise the awareness of cardiac risk in people aged 35 and under.
Lifelong Owls supporter Kyle Hancock was aged just 18 when he suffered sudden heart arrythmia in his sleep. Tragically, Kyle passed away whilst sleeping that night after never experiencing any kind of previous heart or health conditions in his short life.
Kyle’s father, Ian Hancock, who is involved with CRY said: "Like others, Kyle had nothing to suggest throughout his life that he needed to be screened for cardiac health. By raising awareness it may save someone’s life and prevent other families having to endure what we have had to go through."
Every week in the UK, 12 young people (aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Eighty per cent of these people have no signs or symptoms and so the only way to detect a potentially sinister cardiac abnormality is by having a CRY screening test.
To show their support to the charity, players from both Sheffield Wednesday and Watford will be wearing specially made t-shirts during warm-up to increase awareness.
The charity will also be holding a bucket collection at today's match and all proceeds would very much appreciated.
To donate to the Kyle Hancock memorial fund with CRY go to www.justgiving.com and type in Kyle Hancock or text KHSW93 to 70070.
To find out about CRY screening tests and how to support the organisation visit: www.c.r.y.org.uk