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Screenings will go on for Chris Parr

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

  • Diane and Martin Parr pictured with members of the Cardiac Risk in the Young CRY) screening team during the Chris Parr screening event at Leek Cricket Club.

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THE third round of heart screenings in memory of Chris Parr has taken place – as the family marks four years since his death.

Chris died, aged 21, at his home in Leek from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome SADS) on July 27, 2010.

This Sunday marked four years since the former Leek High School pupil, who was studying biochemistry at Aberdeen University, passed away..

Leek Cricket Club, Highfield, Macclesfield Road, Leek, hosted screenings for people aged 14 to 35 with charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

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They have been funded with money collected by Chris' family and friends, who have fund-raised tirelessly since his death and raised thousands of pounds. The screenings preceded a memorial football match for Chris' CRY fund, which was held at Leek Town's ground on Saturday, July 26.

Chris' mum Diane Parr said: "We had another excellent two days, on a Tuesday and Wednesday; it was really successful. We had around 92 people on Tuesday and 85 on Wednesday and raised £700 with Gift Aid.

"The more we can do to make people aware the better, and if we only save one life it will all be worth it. We will definitely be holding another screening next year.

"The cricket club has been marvellous again by letting us use the club house and amenities free of charge; it's a great venue with good parking and facilities in a great location which is easy to find. We got people from all over the country, as well as locally, who are willing to travel all that way because they want to be screened so much, and people should realise how lucky we are to be able to offer this service in Leek.

"Before Chris died we'd never heard about CRY or SADS and you don't ever think it will happen to you, but it does and it can happen to anyone at any age, at any time.

"It would be good if we could have this done like other screenings on the NHS regularly. But it has to be done by a heart specialist, and the one that CRY use is from St George's Hospital in London."

People can go to www.testmyheart.org to book an appointment for CRY screening.

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