Almost 200 get cardiac screening in memory of Jack Boulton from Saltford
Published on: 09 Jul 2014
Almost 200 people under 35 have been screened for potentially life-threatening heart conditions thanks to fundraisers in Saltford and Keynsham.
A team from the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) ran the event at Wellsway School over the weekend of July 5 and 6, welcoming 100 people on the Saturday and 95 on the Sunday.
The screening, which involved an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram (ECHO) if necessary, was held in memory of Wellsway pupil Jack Boulton from Saltford, who died suddenly at the age of 17 as the result of an undiagnosed heart condition.
His family, friends and supporters have raised thousands of pounds for CRY since his death in 2009, organising, among other events, last year's Saltford Santa Dash and the annual Jack's Day when football matches and activities take place honour of the young sportsman.
Jack's father David Boulton said they had gathered enough funds to offer screening to local people again next year.
He said: "We’re really pleased the local community are able to benefit from the screening service.
"Since Jack’s sudden death, we have received tremendous support from the local community who have become involved with some tremendous fundraising events, including a gruelling bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year.
"We have secured enough funds to hold another screening event to be held in July 2015."
A member of the screening team added that many people attending had said they were grateful the screening had been made available to them and £156.49 in donations was raised on the day.
Visit www.c-r-y.org.uk for more information.