Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation (CHF) is set to complete its 5,000th screening at the charity’s session over the weekend of September 27 and 28.
The charity, which, alongside Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), tests people between the ages of 14 and 35 for heart defects, recently donated four defibrillators to the island’s amenity sites in a presentation at Noble’s Hospital.
The Foundation was established following the death of 25-year-old Craig Lunt, who died suddenly in 2005, and has given out 115 defibrillators around the island.
Craig’s mum, Paula Lunt, who is the charity’s secretary, said: ‘In Craig’s memory we will continue to provide free heart screenings and donate as many defibrillators as possible to make our island a safer place.
‘Craig was never given this chance to find out if there was anything wrong but now all people between 14 and 35 have the chance to get checked out. Hitting the 5,000 mark at our next screening weekend is a credit to everyone who has ever supported us – but there are still so many more hearts out there for us to check.’
Dr Steven Cox, director of Screening at CRY, said: ‘Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation and Cardiac Risk in the Young have now screened almost 5,000 young people between the age of 14 and 35 in the Isle of Man.
‘Of those screened, 16 “fit and healthy” young people will have been diagnosed with cardiac conditions that could have killed them at any time.
‘Fifty “fit and healthy” young people will have been diagnosed with cardiac conditions that may not have been immediately life-threatening, but can now be monitored to avoid major complications. This is an incredible achievement.’
Barbara Scott, hospital manager, said: ‘We would like to take this opportunity in congratulating CHF and CRY on reaching such a wonderful achievement of 5,000 people screened, as well as providing essential defibrillation equipment to organisations across the Isle of Man.’
Paul Healey, CHF chairman said: ‘We are very grateful for the assistance that Noble’s Hospital have given us by allowing us to use their cardiac unit for the screenings, the venue is fantastic and some of the technicians from CRY were amazed by the facilities. We stress to everyone within the age bracket to sign up and get yourself checked’. To book a place at the next screening visit www.craigsheartstrongfoundation.co.uk