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Teacher’s effort funds heart screening sessions for students

CRY heart screening day at Bishop Heber High School

David Denman and Cameron Mair - the first two students to be screened and given the thumbs up for a healthy heart, with Gareth Jones the screening manager

Bishop Heber High School in Malpas hosted a heart screening day with 100 screenings taking place, the majority of which were taken by students from Years 9–13.

The event was organised by Denise Watson, maths teacher at Bishop Heber, and her husband Gary Watson, who between them raised in excess of £4,000 to pay for the second heart screening session in the school.

The heart screening was organised in memory of Ian Bowen, the son of a former colleague and friend of Gary who now works for Royal Mail in Whitchurch.

The appeal for funding was generously supported by Bishop Heber High School staff and students, the posties of Whitchurch Delivery Office, The Bickerton Poacher and The Bull’s Head, Whitchurch.

A hundred young people, the majority of whom were students, young teachers and family members, were given an ECG and if necessary an ECHO, and received feedback on the screening from a doctor.

If any problems were found, a fast track to further investigations was arranged.

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) and sudden death syndrome (SDS). As well as working with the Department of Health and others to develop high quality cardiac services for young people and families, CRY also provides a significant amount of funding to the NHS to help ‘fast-track’ the complex range of services needed following a sudden cardiac death to determine the risk to other family members.

Denise and Gary Watson with the CRY team after a successful day of screening
 

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