Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. In around 80% of cases of young sudden cardiac deaths, there will have been no signs, symptoms or warnings – underlining the vital role of screening.
A new initiative is being launched by the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust in 2016 in partnership with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Amongst other initiatives CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to young people between the ages of 14 & 35. CRY offers to run screening days at a cost of £5,000, providing screening for 100 people.
The KCFRT organises, in collaboration with CRY, annual screening days for the Knutsford community, aiming to reduce the risk of cardiac death in the youth of Knutsford.
Our first Screening Day was held in October 2016; in 2017 we held Screening Days in both February and October and in 2018 we are hosting a Screening Day at the Knutsford Academy School in March 2018.
KCFRT see providing this vital service a natural extension to its on-going provision of life-saving services (First Responding, Heartstart Training and Installing AED’S) and plans to offer at least one, hopefully two, screening days each year hereon.
We need to raise the £5,000 per Screening Day each year and totally rely on donations received from Knutsford residents and local business’s. If you wish to donate to this Life-Saving service, please use the CAF Donate button on our Home Page.
If you would like more information please visit the CRY website.
The Knutsford Guardian recently printed an article announcing the launch of our new initiative.