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Stop The Heartbreak

26 February 2014

The Robins are backing a campaign to help provide cardiac screening for young people.

The University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Media are joining forces to help provide vital cardiac screening for young people and the Robins are throwing their weight behind the campaign.

The ‘Stop the Heartbreak’ campaign has been launched by The Citizen newspaper following a number of tragic incidents where young people around Gloucestershire have died suddenly from cardiac related issues. Screening can help identify individuals with underlying heart conditions so they can receive vital treatment before these problems cause potentially life threatening cardiac arrests. You may well have seen images of footballer Fabrice Muamba suffering a cardiac arrest on the football pitch in 2012. Thankfully for Fabrice he received fantastic medical support and survived, others are not so fortunate.

The University of Gloucestershire has organised two days of screening for young people (aged 14-35 years old) living and studying in Gloucestershire. The CRY Mobile Cardiac (ECG) Screening Service will be available at the university’s Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester on the April 8th and 9th 2014. There will be screening appointments available for 200 young people over the two day event.

The screening days will also provide an opportunity to celebrate sport and physical activity for people of all ages in the county with a two day festival at the Campus. Whilst the screening is being conducted there will also be a host of other exciting activities taking place for people to watch or take part in, including:

- First aid and defibrillation training 
- Demonstrations of sporting and play activities 
- Sport therapy ‘mini-clinics’ on how to prevent injuries 
- Sport science ‘knowledge-bites' on topics such as nutrition, mental preparation, strength and conditioning 

The Stop The Heartbreak campaign are currently looking for sponsors to make this event possible. It costs £35 per screening and with the aim of screening 200 young people we need to find at least £7,000.

For those businesses who can contribute upwards of £500 you could benefit from:

- A stand at the exhibitors fair during the two day event 
- An article in the Citizen promoting your business 
- Your company logo on promotional material and t-shirts produced for the event 

For further information please contact one of the event organisers on stoptheheartbreak@glos.ac.uk or 01242 715230 or visit the Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/stoptheheartbreak) to donate.

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