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Lane becomes a temporary heart screening clinic

13 August 2015

Sheffield United hosted its first heart screening session for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) recently.

Around 12 young people a week die because of unidentified heart conditions and CRY works to raise awareness of cardiac conditions in the young and support those affected as well as developing heart screening opportunities.

Louis Reed stopped by during the afternoon to see the work in action. He spoke to Elaine and Ian Ward who had approached the Club about running a screening session at Bramall Lane and Clinical Manager on the day Gareth Jones.

Reed presented them with a signed shirt to help with raising funds for CRY.

Blades legend Tony Currie also made a visit to find out more about the work of the charity which has a number of sporting names among their patrons including former Blades striker Andy Scott.

Reed commented: " We are screened routinely as players and know the importance of such tests. It can help identify problems early as well as putting minds at rest if nothing shows up. We are pleased that we have been able to support the work CRY does."

Sheffield United and conferencing partner Compass helped charity representatives to transform part of a match day executive area into a temporary medical centre for the day so that the screenings could take place.

On the day around a hundred screenings were carried out with attendees having travelled from as far afield as Scotland.

Elaine said: "What a brilliant day. I would personally like to say a huge thank you to Sheffield United and Compass for hosting our CRY Screening event.

"A big thank you to Tony Currie for giving up his time to see the screening in action and to Louis Reed for coming along to present us with a signed shirt from the Club.

"I am sure Louis Reed's words will encourage young people to get themselves checked out. I really hope that this will be the first of many CRY screenings at Bramall Lane."

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