A head and shoulders image of Glyn Cridland with the London backdrop.

With great sadness it is announced that Glyn Cridland, Digital Communications Lead for Thrive LDN, passed away on 27 May, after collapsing due to an undiagnosed heart condition the previous Thursday. He was surrounded by his closest friends and died peacefully.

Glyn had been a much-loved and very highly valued member of the Thrive LDN team since joining in 2019.

He provided expert digital communications support to promote the work of Thrive LDN, leading on the #ZeroSuicideLDN campaign and the annual young Londoner-led World Mental Health Day festival, as well as providing a vital role during the pandemic in improving the accessibility of mental health and wellbeing resources across the capital.

In a rare moment in front of camera, watch Glyn discuss the importance of World Mental Health Day’s young-Londoner led festival.

Dan Barrett, Director of Thrive LDN, adds: “Words cannot fully express what a huge loss Glyn’s passing is, both as a colleague and a friend. All of us in the Thrive LDN team are totally devastated.  

“As well as being a consummate professional, Glyn was one of the kindest and gentlest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He radiated a warmth and love for other people and would always be there to help and support.  

“Glyn often went way beyond the call of duty to support colleagues, both within the team and much wider. He was always happy to help colleagues achieve what they needed to do, and to support them to understand the world of digital communications. He was totally committed to Thrive LDN’s ambitions and was at the core of its success in reaching all sections of the community. 

“My thoughts are with those closest to Glyn for their loss.”

Collectively remembering Glyn, his colleagues in the Thrive LDN team said: “For those of you that knew Glyn or had the pleasure of working with him, you will remember his cheerful nature and honest approach.

“Glyn was the biggest Torquay United supporter we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was equally as passionate and extremely knowledgeable about his other wide-ranging interests, including the arts, music, walking, photography, football, and politics.

“He was kind and obliging, and the go-to person for many of us when we needed help. We are so grateful for the time we had working with Glyn.

“His legacy will live on through all the amazing work he has done for Thrive LDN and our partners – in the hours of video content he filmed, edited and promoted, his photography and his graphic design skills which can be seen across our social media pages and website. Words can’t really describe how much we will miss him.”

Funeral arrangements and messages of condolence

For anyone wishing to leave a message of condolence, you can do so via Facebook.

Funeral arrangements are currently being finalised. We will update this page when further details are confirmed.

Glyn was training for October’s London Marathon. He had planned to run to raise funds for the Family Holiday Charity, which works to give children and families who may never have had a holiday the chance to experience these types of new and happy experiences that most of us are fortunate enough to have had in our lives. It was a charity and cause he cared about. For those who wish to do so, a donation page in Glyn’s memory has now been launched online to honour his fundraising efforts.