Heart screening to be held in memory of Saltford's Jack Boulton

Published on: 06 May 2014

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Around 200 people in and around Keynsham will receive potentially life-saving ECG screening after the community helped to raise funds in memory of Saltford teenager Jack Boulton.

The cardiac screening will be held at Jack’s school, Wellsway, and follows a massive fundraising drive by his family and friends.

Jack died suddenly at the age of just 17 from an undiagnosed heart condition, and now people aged between 14 and 35 will be able to get appointments for screening that could detect those at risk.

The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) will be offering free screening on July 5 and 6, with up to 100 appointments available each  day.

Twelve apparently fit and healthy young people die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions and Dr Steven Cox, CRY’s director of screening, said: “The death of a young person is heartbreaking and devastating for any family.

“It is therefore essential that anyone with a potentially fatal heart condition knows about it. Without this knowledge and, if necessary, appropriate treatment, they could be putting their lives at risk if they continue to participate in sport or take particular medication, for example. In 80 per cent of cases, there are no signs or a symptom, which is why cardiac screening is so important.”

The ECG test is quick and painless and if necessary an ultrasound scan of the heart can also be taken.

To book an appointment at this screening event or for more information, go to www.testmy heart.org.

Thousands of pounds has been raised for CRY in memory of Jack, who was a keen sportsman.

Supporters have organised the Saltford Santa Dash, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and hold the annual Jack’s Day, which this year is on May 26 at Saltford Sports Club.

The event will feature three football matches throughout the afternoon, including a girls’ match and the Saltford Stars, before Saltford FC take on Keynsham Cricket Club.

Trophies will be presented to the winners of each match by Jack’s family.

As well as the sporting action, there will also be a raffle, a barbecue, family entertainment and DJ.

All proceeds from the day will go to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). For the latest news about the event, search for Jack’s Day 2014 on Facebook.

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