The Board of Trustees of CRY (Ireland) has appointed Tommy Fegan as the organisation’s new Chairman. Tommy takes over from founder Chairman, Michael Greene, who has retired from the chairman’s role, but remains on the Board.
Tommy, from Camlough, South Armagh, has been a supporter of CRY since the untimely death of his son, Kevin (24) in 2010. He and his family have been very active fundraisers since then, and more recently Tommy has been leading a major organisational review of CRY (Ireland).
“I am very honoured to accept the chair, and I recognise that Michael will be an extremely hard act to follow,” said Tommy on his appointment. “Along with his wife, Marie, and faithful friends, Michael developed a vision of a national service to provide on-going support to families bereaved through sudden death of a child, and have raised the funds to provide such a service, based at Tallagh Hospital since 2002. Their vision was inspired by the sudden death of their son, Peter (15), in 1996 and the lack of information, provision and support in Ireland which that tragedy exposed.
Unfortunately, demand for these services continues to grow, with at least one young person dying of Sudden Arrhythmic Death (SADS) in Ireland every week.
I hope to help CRY (Ireland) build on the solid foundation Michael and the board has created and strengthen our screening, support and research services, raise awareness of the issues and help reduce the number of parents who face that unimaginable and ultimate horror-burying your child.”, concluded Tommy.