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Stop the Heartbreak's launches funding bid for more screenings

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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A COUNTY cardiac campaign is hoping to receive funding for its Stop the Heartbreak project.

Backed by the Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and the University of Gloucestershire, thousands of pounds was raised to pay for free cardiac screenings for hundreds of young people in April.

Now, the project has applied for money from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund to provide more screenings and training in the use of defibrillators.

Funding is decided by a public vote and people have until October 10 to choose which causes will receive a share of the fund.

Professor Diane Crone, from the university, said: "Following the success of April's event, the university plans to make the event an annual part of the sporting calendar for Gloucestershire, enabling more young athletes living and studying in the county to have the opportunity to be screened.

"We are additionally delighted to be running a pilot in the Forest of Dean which we hope will provide access to screenings in a different part of the county.

“Depending on the popularity and funding success we may consider other venues across the county for one day events in future years alongside the main Gloucester event."

The Stop the Heartbreak campaign followed a number of tragic sudden deaths of young people in the county caused by unknown heart abnormalities.

This year 200 young people from Gloucestershire receiving vital screening for heart abnormalities.

The 2015 campaign aims to run another two days of screening.

Every heart screening place costs £35.

To cast a vote visit the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund

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