A TWO-DAY heart screening session in memory of a Leek sportsman who died aged just 21 has been a resounding success with more planned for next year.
The heart screenings were held by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at Leek Cricket Club on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18.
It is the second screening event to be held, after the first took place last year, and it was funded by CRY's Chris Parr Memorial Fund, which his friends and family have been tirelessly fund-raising for ever since his tragic death at his home in Leek in July 2010 of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
Chris' parents set up the fund and have been instrumental in organising the screening events as a legacy to their late son.
Following the event at least three people were told that they needed further tests.
Diane Parr said: "It was a great success and we had 192 people all together who came from all over the country as well as locally, we're very grateful to Leek Cricket Club for allowing us to use their venue and facilities for free for the event, it's an excellent club.
"We were fully booked and we are looking at hopefully holding two more events next year because it has been so successful.
"This gives us a purpose to carry on and keep raising funds to hopefully help other people, people are still raising funds in Chris' memory and the support we have had for this has been phenomenal and as long as people keep supporting it we'll keep holding screenings."
Owen Corden, aged 14, of Leek, was one of the people to be screened. He said: "I have not had a screening before. I was a bit worried about it because I thought it was going to be me having to go on a running machine or something.
"But it was a lot simpler than that - I think it is a good test. It is good for peace of mind.
"I think it's great that the Parr family have raised all that money to offer these screenings."
Owen's mum Sharon, an office administrator at Leek High School, remembered when Chris used to attend the high school.
She added: "I think Chris' parents are both so brave - how they come here and face all these people.
"It must have taken a lot of strength to get through what they have and also do this for others to be able to have the screening."