The Cardiomyopathy Association is the chosen charity of the celebrity team.
It is being supported in memory of Mitchell Cole, a professional footballer and supporter of previous charity football matches in Harlow. Mitchell played for clubs including Oxford, Stevenage and Southend after being at West Ham’s academy; He retired from professional football because of his heart condition in 2010. He died on 1 December 2012, aged just 27. Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace paid tribute saying “It’s such a sad, tragic loss of a young life. Mitch was a key figure for us in the seasons that saw us enjoy a lot of success. We all knew of his condition but it’s simply devastating that a young family with such spirit is taken from us so suddenly”
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle & It affects people of all ages.
There are three main types of inherited cardiomyopathy & another type of cardiomyopathy, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by extreme stress. This type is not passed on through families and very often disappears altogether in time.
The changes to the heart are different for each type of cardiomyopathy. They all affect the size and shape of the heart and can also affect the way the electrical system makes the heart beat.
The Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA) is the only registered charity in the UK that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease. They provide easy-to-understand information for everyone.
This charity is supported by campaigners & supporters donations, gifts in wills and fundraising.
You can contact this fantastic charity via their on-line form here. CMA Contact.
You can sign-up for their monthly magazine here. CMA Magazine.
Read about more campaigning in the name of Mitchell Cole here. Climb in Mitchells Name.
Harlow5Aid is proud to be helping The Cardiomyopathy Association
Make sure you come along to Harlow Town FC on Sunday July 28th
to support this great event.