CRY TESTS OVER 200 STUDENTS FOR HEART PROBLEMS
On Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 November Berkhamsted School was proud to host the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), who carried out a heart screening programme for 215 of its Sixth Form students over the two day period.
The programme was initiated following the sudden and tragic death in 2013 of Harry Faulkner, a Year 13 student and hugely talented squash player, who was a member of the British Under 18 squash team and had achieved the national ranking of seventh in the sport. Vice Principal Michael Bond said: “Harry was a healthy young man with a good strong heart who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). His condition may have been detected by a specialist screening and diagnostic service such as that offered by CRY.” He explained that Harry’s family and the school have worked closely together to raise funds in his memory, and Mrs and Mrs Faulkner very kindly agreed for some of the money raised to be used to screen current Berkhamsted Sixth Formers. “Harry Faulkner was a much-loved and respected young man whose tragic death had a huge impact on our community here at Berkhamsted. It is fitting that someone so active and so devoted to his family and friends, should be remembered and honoured through the provision of this potentially life-saving screening, and we are enormously grateful to Mr and Mrs Faulkner, without whose support and energy this wouldn’t have been possible,” said Mr Bond. The CRY cardiac screening involves each student undergoing a non-invasive and painless electrocardiogram (ECG) followed by a consultation with a doctor. Further tests are available in cases where any potential concerns are identified. Harry’s mother, Donna Faulkner attended the first day of the screening and was pleased to see the funds raised in Harry’s memory being used to the benefit of students at the school. “It is hoped that donations by parents of students who attended the screening along with other fundraising activities will create a sustainable fund that will allow the cardiac screening to take place each year for our Sixth Form students,” said Mr Bond.