A Busy time for CRY Representatives Elaine and Ian Ward of Dronfield
On Saturday 1st July Ian and Elaine Ward supported Joe Williamson of Sheffield United Community Foundation in raising money for a heart screening for youngsters involved with the Foundation. Joe lost his cousin who was in his early 30s to an undiagnosed heart condition. Joe is walking and cycling to all clubs in the football leagues and on Saturday walked from Rotherham’s New York stadium to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium finishing at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. He was accompanied on his route by members of Sheffield United Community Foundation as well as family and friends. Sheffield United’s Oli Arblaster joined them on the last leg from Hillsborough.
CRY representatives for South Yorkshire Jackie and Alan Cousins saw the group off at the New York Stadium and they were welcomed at Hillsborough and Bramall Lane by Elaine and Ian. The event was featured on BBC Look North on the Saturday evening with interviews with both Elaine and Joe.
The following week Ian was at the Crosspool Crawl which was a 7km run starting and finishing at the Three Merry Lads public house on Redmires Road, Sheffield. Some of the money raised will be going to the Neil Ward Memorial Fund to help fund future screenings by CRY.
The 24th and 25th heart screening days funded by the Neil Ward Memorial Fund were held at Gosforth Playing Fields on 15th and 16th July. Over the two days nearly 200 young people were screened for undiagnosed heart conditions. Some were referred for further testing and others will attend a future screening for rechecks. To date nearly 2500 young people have been screened with the money raised by the local community. Lee Rowley MP for North-East Derbyshire visited the screening day. Ian and Elaine would like to thank everyone who has made these screenings days possible. Without the help and support of the local community they would not take place. Elaine continues to give talks to Rotary clubs, WIs, Church Groups, Probus.