Raising funds for heart screening

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A second CRY screening event in memory of Matt Hesmondalgh was held earlier this month at Garstang Community Academy,.

Matt from Catterall died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS)in August 2011 at the age of 22. Since then his parents have been raising awareness and funds for CRY(Cardiac Risk In The Young).

Some 208 young people attended the screening at Garstang Academy and were given an ECG and a follow up a talk with a cardiologist. An echocardiogram was offered when appropriate. Matt’s father Barry reported: “Reassuringly the majority were found to be in good health, however, a number of young people were either advised to be rechecked in 12 months or found to have previously undetected cardiac abnormalities.This means they now have the opportunity for further tests and, where necessary, treatment.”

Matt’s parents are fundraising to get more youngsters screened and hope there will be a bumper turn out for the next events in aid of the Matthew Hesmondhalgh Memorial Fund @CRY. A Country Coffee Morning will be held at Garstang United Reformed church hall on Thursday March 5 from 10am-noon with hand made gifts and cards, crafts and treats. A CRY Canal Caper,a sponsored canalside walk from Lancaster to Bilsborrowwill take place on April 19:http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/CRYCanalCaper