“10th year of screening” in Garstang in memory Matthew Hesmondhalgh

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The legacy of 22-year-old Garstang man who died of SADS has been marked with a decade of cardiac screening.

It’s been 10 years since Paula Hesmondhalgh’s son, Matthew passed away due to SADS which led to cardiac screening being brought to Garstang Community Academy.

Matt’s mum and dad, Paula and Barry, from Catterall have been tirelessly fundraising and campaigning for the past decade in his memory.

They have helped bring Cardiac Risk in the Young’s (CRY) cardiac screening team to the Garstang Community Academy to try and help prevent the same fate traumatising another family.

The screening programme has evolved immeasurably over the past decade thanks to fundraising, research and better understanding of screening protocols.