2018 National Conference Round-Up

9th November 2018

2018 National Conference

On 27 October 2018 we held our annual National Conference in Liverpool with the aim—as always with our conferences—for people to leave more knowledgeable, more confident and a little more hopeful for the future. 

The venue was filled with 162 people, including attendees, speakers, staff and supporters. Many attendees are living with cardiomyopathy, either having it themselves or supporting someone with the condition. 

This year we were lucky enough to have so many fantastic and engaging speakers. To name just a few, cardiac specialist Robert Hall gave a presentation about how the heart works, what happens when it doesn’t and what symptoms can occur.

Our financial consultant Andrew Kaponi also gave an emotional keynote speech about his cardiomyopathy journey.

Dr Antonis Pantazis, consultant cardiologist from Barts Heart Centre, spoke about current research and how this has impacted developments in treatment.

Professor John Somauroo, sport and exercise cardiologist to Liverpool FC, also spoke about exercise – a common theme among callers to Cardiomyopathy UK’s helpline. 

We also celebrated those who have made a significant contribution towards raising awareness of cardiomyopathy. We are grateful for all of the hard work and support we receive, and these awards recognise those efforts. Our 2018 award winners are:

  • The Carolyn Biro Founder's Award - Ann Harrison Power
  • The Impact Award - Colin McVittie
  • The Community Award - Ken Pugh
  • The Ronald Raven Award for Clinical Excellence - Dr Will Bradlow 
  • The Fundraising Award - The 'Jimmy Boy' Fund 

If you'd like to hear more about their achievements, head on over to our Facebook where we have been announcing the winners all week!

Finally, we'd like to give a massive thank you to everyone who attended our conference and all those that have supported us as a charity this year. We are eternally grateful for all your hard work and support, and we can't wait to make the conference bigger and better next year!