Jack's Day 2015 in Saltford to raise funds for vital heart screening

Published on: 28 Apr 2015

by Rosa Sherwood

An annual event held in memory of 17-year-old Jack Boulton from Saltford will once again bring the community together to raise funds for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) on Friday, May 29.

It has been five years since Jack Boulton sadly passed away due to an undiagnosed heart condition, which left the community shaken.

Each year, Jack’s family, friends and the wider community come together to celebrate his life and help to make a difference by raising money for CRY, which aims to reduce young sudden cardiac death through screening programmes and medical research as well as providing support to young people and their families. 

Chris Dudbridge. who was a close friend of Jack’s and helps organise Jack’s Day each year said:  “We are all so passionate about Jack’s Day and we feel it’s so important to make people aware that undiagnosed heart conditions are unfortunately a common problem that could happen to any young person.”

The event at Saltford Sports Club promises to be an entertaining evening for the whole family. It will include a football match between Saltford Football Club and Keynsham Cricket Club, a girls’ football match, children’s entertainment, Axel Boy DJ, barbecue, live band, cake sale, raffle, face painting and much more. Lanterns will be available to buy on the day, and a mass lantern release will take place later in the evening. The event will begin at 6pm.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions.  Over the years, through various events like Jack’s Day, the community has helped to raise £97,000 in total. Fundraisers aim to hit £100,000 through another successful Jack's Day this year.

“Our long-term aim is to generate enough money so every child in the Saltford and Keynsham community is able to have a heart screening, which would ultimately save lives,” said Chris.

Anyone who may be able to support Jack’s Day with a donation or raffle prize can contact Chris Dudbridge at chris_ dudbridge@hotmail.com or on 07583 269222.

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