Since we found out through the Ben Daniels Memorial Fund that 12 young people a week (600 a year) in the UK collapse and die from heart conditions that they didn't know they had, we decided we wanted to offer the young people in our sporting community the opportunity to be screened for their cardiac health.
 
I am therefore delighted to let you know that Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) (www.c-r-y.org.uk) will be carrying out cardiac screenings for 14 to 35 year olds at The Three Hills Sports Park on Saturday 1st  August and Sunday 2nd August 2015. Playing members aged between 14-23 years will be offered the screening for free.  Those aged over 23 are asked to make a donation to help cover the cost of the screening weekend.
 
The screening is sponsored by the Ben Daniels Memorial Fund in memory of Ben Daniels (www.bendanielsmemorialfund.co.uk), the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and other organisations.
 
Ben (15) played many sports and had no signs that he had a problem.
He collapsed on the sports field from a cardiac arrest. We found out through the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young that the vast majority of these young people who die suddenly have no symptoms. We should of course stress that sport is good for you and sport itself does not lead to a cardiac arrest but it can act as a trigger for a young person to die suddenly by exacerbating an undetected condition.

Details of how to book a slot at the screening clinic will follow shortly.
 
Please note that screening appointments are on a first come first served basis and must be booked online before 20th July 2015. If you book a slot please do turn up or you will be denying someone else the opportunity to be screened.
 
Whilst the screening is being offered free to those aged 14-23, any donations would be greatly appreciated as this will enable the Club to run cardiac screening weekends in the future and help ensure that all our young players are able to have this important screening.  Your donation can be given to Jason Jones (Colts), Andrew Bray (Senior playing members) or Nicki Wheeler.
 
The NHS do not provide such a test and a similar private screening would cost you many hundreds of pounds so a small donation on your part represents exceptional value for money.


Kind regards

John Godden
Chairman
Folkestone Cricket Club