Heart screening at Mike Goldrick Blinds

Date published: 30 July 2019

One hundred young adults underwent a free heart screening service with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at Mike Goldrick Blinds in Heywood on Sunday (28 July).

Mr Goldrick is the president of Heywood Rotary Club and chose CRY as his nominated charity.

He said: “I was aware of the charity through the death of Tom Hardman, aged 21, due to a sudden cardiac death.

“Tom was a fit and healthy young man and after speaking to Tom's parents, who I have known for many years, we discussed the charity CRY.

“I found more information about the mission of CRY, which includes improving early diagnosis through heart screening and decided to hold an event in Heywood.”


A man undergoing an ECG
A man undergoing an ECG


CRY is a charity that aims to prevent sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research. Their screening programme enables those aged 14 to 35 to have a free electrocardiogram (ECG), which measures the electrical activity of the heart muscle.

Every week in the UK at least 12 fit and healthy people, all aged under 35, die of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Most cardiac abnormalities can be diagnosed from an ECG.

The screening took place between 9am and 4pm, with lunch donated by Tilly’s Tea Room.

Mr Goldrick added: “Thank you to the staff for clearing the room and Margaret Hardman [Tom's mum], who served tea, coffee and biscuits all day.

“This has been a fantastic event. Thank you to Heywood Rotary, CRY and of course the people of Heywood and beyond for their kind generosity in helping raise money for this event.”

Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).

CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD, as well as promoting and developing heart screening programmes.

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