Stowmarket: Students offered health screening by family of Lily Webster who died from rare heart condition
Hundreds of school pupils have the chance to receive vital health checks thanks to the fundraising efforts of a family who lost their 15-year-old daughter to a rare heart condition.
Next year more than 200 people will be screened at Stowmarket and Stowupland High School after a memorial fund was setup in the name of Lily Webster who collapsed during a trampolining class last year.
Her family raised almost £14,000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which supports research into Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, the condition which the Stowmarket High School student tragically died from.
Lily’s mother, Melanie, said: “We would hope to do it every year – it depends on the scale of the first event and how much uptake there is. But if it is successful we would want to go with it. The schools are very supportive of it and want to be part of it. We are looking at screening at least 200 children and people from 14 upwards to 35. We are especially looking at the younger ages but it will be open to people to apply.
“It’s a major step forward to having something concrete in the pipeline and to feel that the fundraising is starting to reach its purpose.”
“I want to thank everyone for their support. We are really grateful for all the things that people are doing for the charity and raising the awareness.”
Discussions are ongoing to finalise the dates of the screening session, which are likely to be in July and would see a medical team spend a day each at the schools.
Out of the money raised about £7,000 is needed for the two days of screening which can detect potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions.
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Stowmarket Town Football Club hosted a match between teachers from the two schools which raised funds earlier in the year.
People will be able to donate to the cause at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on during the evening on November 29.
Money to help fund future screening days can be sent to CRY, in the name of the Lily Webster Memorial Fund.
A website – www.lilywebster.org - is being set up for the fund.