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Local campaigners fund 1,400 free cardiac screenings

October 8, 2017
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Young people aged 14-35 will benefit from free heart screening session today (October 8) at Fleming Park leisure centre.

The screening, is being provided by the Cardiac Risk In The Young (CRY) charity and has been organised by Graham and Anne Hunter in memory of their daughter Claire Reed.

Since losing daughter, Claire Reed, suddenly to an undiagnosed heart condition – Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) – in March 2013, Graham and Anne Hunter have campaigned for the installation of more locally based and accessible defibrillator machines and with the help of family and friends have funded cardiac screenings for more than 1,400 young people locally from Claire’s Memorial Fund.

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies has supported the Hunter’s fund raising efforts on behalf of CRY by running in the Eastleigh 10k and the London Marathon to raise money and by raising  CRY’s campaign for a national heart screening programme for the young in Parliament.

Last year the MP told Eastleigh News that the lack of an NHS funded screening programme was a “national scandal”.

In a statement Davies said,

“As an MP and Mother of two young girls, I support this National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save the lives of the 12 apparently fit and healthy young people who die suddenly every week in the UK of undiagnosed heart conditions”

“I was introduced to this campaign by my constituents, Graham and Anne Hunter, who lost their daughter Claire at just 22 years old. They campaign and support CRY so they can help prevent this personal tragedy from happening to other parents.”

Dr Steven Cox, CEO of CRY says:

“12 young people dying every week is not a “tiny” issue. This is one of the most common causes of death in young people. Also, it is completely wrong and unacceptable to compare cardiac arrests in seemingly fit and healthy young people to heart attacks in the elderly.”

In 80% of cases of young sudden cardiac death, there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why CRY believes proactive screening is so vitally important – now testing over 23,000 young people every year.

On Monday (October 9) Graham Hunter will be talking about SADS on BBC Radio Solent’s Julian Clegg Breakfast Show.

Full details of the pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save young lives can be found at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/pledgedownload.pdf. To make a donation directly to the Claire’s Memorial fund you can do so through the website  http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/memorial-funds/claire-reed/ or over the phone on 01737 363222.

 

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