Edge Hill University has joined forces with leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young, to offer free cardiac screening sessions for staff and students.

Each week in the UK, at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions and Edge Hill is trying to help reduce this figure by bringing a mobile medical test centre into the University each year to carry out free testing, in an attempt to raise awareness and identify young people at risk.

The screening, which would cost hundreds of pounds if done privately, can identify most cardiac abnormalities and it is painless, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes to complete. Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client’s chest and the wires connect to an Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. This analyses the electrical activity of the heart and then provides a printout for the cardiologist to evaluate.

Maureen Marshall, who works in Edge Hill’s catering department, was a founder for this initiative and works tirelessly to help students receive these tests in memory of her son John, who died suddenly from a condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in 1995, aged just 16.

Edge Hill have collaborated with Coca Cola to raise money to fund the heart screenings, and for every bottle of Abbey Well water sold, Coca Cola, in conjunction with The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), put away five pence for the John Marshall Memorial Fund with CRY.

Sarah Smith, a representative from Coca Cola, recently visited Edge Hill to present the Catering Team with a cheque for £2,260 which was raised from the sales of Abbey Well water. This amount equates to the sale of 45,200 bottles of Abbey Well water.