Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation was set up by the Lunt family in memory of their 25 year old son, Craig, a well-respected, talented and popular young Manx footballer who tragically died in April 2005. His death was due to a previously undiagnosed heart defect.
The Foundation is an Isle of Man charity which raises funds to purchase and donate lifesaving defibrillator equipment to all Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, High Schools, Primary Schools and other sports clubs in the Isle of Man.
The Foundation also uses the funding provided to enable heart screening of local people between the ages of 14 and 35 in order to detect possible symptoms of Hypertropic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy and thus help to prevent Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). They have teamed up with a UK charity called Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to bring the relevant equipment and qualified staff to the Island in order to hold two heart screening weekends per year.
Too many fit and apparently healthy young (aged 35 and under) people die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Sport itself does not cause young sudden cardiac death but it can exacerbate an underlying condition, if not identified. In most cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation believes proactive screening is vitally important.
By giving wholehearted support to such a worthwhile charity like Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation, we can look forward to a fit and healthy future for our youth. Providing vital heart screening services to the public, they can really prevent and save lives. Abacus has been pleased to support this local charity with a donation.
The next heart screening to take place on the Isle of Man is on 13/14 May 2017. It’s free and painless. If you are resident in the IoM and aged between 14 and 35, we urge you to please check the Facebook group ‘Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation’ and book your screening through their website at www.craigsheartstrongfoundation.co.uk.