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Stop the Heartbreak campaign halfway there in £7,000 bid

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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WITH just weeks to go until a landmark heart screening event in Gloucester and fundraisers still need to find £3,000 to hit their target.

The University of Gloucestershire’s Stop the Heartbreak campaign has a £7,000 target to provide 200 free screening sessions to young people aged 14-35 on April 8-9.

Backed by The Citizen, the campaign was launched following a series of high profile cardiac incidents in young sportsman in Gloucester.

Matson RFC player Dominic Cullen and Coney Hill RFC youth team player Ty Townsley both died as a result of undiagnosed heart conditions. Longlevens footballer Mark Moore was only saved thanks to paramedics playing on a nearby pitch when his heart failed in 2012.

Health experts have said symptoms can be hard to detect, and a full heart screening, like the ones on offer at the Oxstalls campus next month, are the only way to diagnose a problem.

A Whaddon Road bucket collection at Cheltenham Town FC’s last home game, a 1-0 win against Torquay United, helped out

but more is still needed. Businesses are now being encouraged to help out, with corporate sponsorship packages available.

Carol Loade, projects officer at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “There will be lots going on. Workshops will be taking place including body composition and performance analysis.

“We will also have taster sessions on TRX suspension training, cardio and mini sponge tennis, volleyball and seated volleyball, talks including healthy eating and wellbeing and managing concussion in sport.

“There are also advertising options including programme advertising and opportunities for displaying banners. We are looking for companies, businesses and individuals to lend their support.”

A fitness class at Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga in Pittville Street, Cheltenham on Saturday from 3pm will raise funds for the appeal. And a ‘treat yourself Tuesday’ at Oxstalls from 5pm - 7.30pm in Longlevens will also top up the total.

University staff are donating their sponsorship from next week’s Forest of Dean half marathon and charity wristbands on sale from The Citizen office in The Oxbode are also collecting cash.

Professor Diane Crone, from the university, said: “The two day festival is a chance for all members of the community to get involved, either by taking advantage of the heart screening places at no cost, to learning a new activity or sport, or discovering more information on health and sport. Sir Steve Redgrave will be supporting this event.

“Cardiac Risk in the Young is a nationwide charity raising the awareness of cardiac problems within the young generation; those who are often forgotten about when considering heart risks.”

To book a cardiac screening, visit HERE

Donations can be made at HERE

To make a donation via text message, simply text STHB89 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.

To find out more, email stoptheheartbreak@glos.ac.uk or call Carol Loade on 01242 715230 or visit HERE

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