Heart Disease in the UK.
Since 2015 we have been working with C-R-Y, Cardiac Risk in the Young. http://www.c-r-y.org.uk to host screening events for the young at various locations and dates, we will continue to do this over the coming years to ensure that as many young people as possible have access to free screenings. The charity says on average one in 300 of the young people it screens is identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.
Our experience so far with the screenings we have run so far , is that the numbers have been considerably higher than this . On average for every 200 young people we have screened over a weekend at least 8 have been referred to a cardiologist for further tests .
We believe that every 14-year-old upwards should have access to free cardiac screening and figures from Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people involved in sport, show that the incidence of young sudden cardiac death has reduced by 90%.
What happens in a screening?
An Electrocardiogram (ECG), which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client’s chest and the wires connect to an ECG machine whilst you lie still. A printout of the heart’s electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. This test is painless, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes to perform.
An Echocardiogram (Echo) is an ultrasound test (such as offered to pregnant women) which looks at the structure of the heart. From the information provided on screen, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart.
It is our long-term ambition to provide free screening for young people in the North West, our goal is to raise enough money each year to screen 1000 young people annually. In time we hope that this goal will ensure that many 1000’s of children will benefit from Harry’s legacy.
This target means that we need to raise £35,000 annually to ensure that families can have the peace of mind knowing that their son or daughter has been screened . Our fundraising efforts, along with you - our supporters has also raised close to £47,000 for Harrys British Heart Foundation Gift of Hope Fund . The BHF funding largely goes towards research programmes and raising awareness of heart conditions. Whilst we will continue to support anyone who wants to donate to this fantastic cause, our sole focus now is to enable locally focused initiatives, in conjunction with the CRY screening programmes and our 1000heartsforHarry campaign.
Since July 2015 we have screened 800 young people locally across the Altrincham, Salford and Oldham areas. We have another screening booked for April 16 where another 200 young people will once again receive access to free screening . Our target of 1000 for 15/16 will be achieved ahead of time !
We’d like to thank you for your ongoing support; if you want to be involved or to run your own charity event on behalf of Harry’s fund, then we would be extremely grateful for your input . Alternatively, you can pledge your support by donating directly to our Just Giving page which is linked to the C-R-Y charity.
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It has been both a comfort and a source of pride to us just how much Harry meant to so many. The number of friends, family, CHS teachers /pupils and work colleagues who have supported fundraising events either by participating, attending or donating has been amazing.
Over the 12 months, a huge amount has been achieved, so thank you again for supporting Harrys fund.
Please continue to check Harrys facebook page, for further updates, as we will regularly post news of both events and on the funds progress.
With Love and thanks,
Mario, Debbie and Emily xx