With just weeks to go until a groundbreaking new cardiac screening event at the University of Gloucestershire and a bid to raise £7,000 from sponsorship has received a timely boost.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is lending its support to the Stop the Heartbreak campaign as part of its Wellbeing 2014 programme.
The UCAS bid aims to support a number of charities, and has put heart shaped biscuits made by Baxter Storey on sale to raise money for the cause.
A weekend of events on April 8-9 will see 200 young people aged 14-35 screened for undetected heart problems, similar to the conditions responsible for at least two deaths in Gloucestershire since 2012.
Professor Diane Crone at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “I’m delighted that UCAS are coming on board to support such an important local campaign. I’m really excited about this new relationship and I know that this additional support from such a large organisation will only boost our aim to raise £7,000 towards cardiac screening.”
Jovita Milanes, Health and Safety Environmental Adviser at UCAS, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Stop the Heartbreak campaign, to help raise awareness and money for a national charity that’s also right on our doorstep.
“We always look forward to getting involved with projects run by our local community, especially one that has the potential to save lives.”
The campaign is building up to an event on April 8 and 9 at Oxstalls campus where it is hoped 200 young people will receive cardiac screening.
In addition to the screening there will be a two day celebration of sport and physical activity where people can take part in a range of fun activities and meet sporting heroes, including Sir Steve Redgrave.
Students are also getting in on the act.
In June, a team of 14 will leave The Oxstalls Campus of The University of Gloucestershire to take part in a challenge to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales inside 24 hours.
Each is getting sponsored for their efforts to raise money for the campaign.
The climbs is being sponsored by The Gym Group in Gloucester Quays by providing three months gym membership for the team to help them prepare.
Meanwhile, a group of staff from the faculty of applied sciences has taken on the challenge of the Forest of Dean Half Marathon, taking place on March 30.
The eight strong team has set themselves a target of £1000 to raise. One of those, Carly Williams has already raised more than £1,000 by staging a kickboxing ‘Kumite’ at the university.
Bucket collections are also taking place at sporting fixtures, including at Cheltenham Town’s home match on March 15.
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