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Friends tackle half-marathon for heart screening campaign

September 19th, 2019

Six friends at Monmouth School for Girls are tackling a half marathon to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Elinor, Maddie, Scarlett, Ellie, Myfanwy and Catrin are campaigning to raise £5,000 to fund a heart screening day next summer for around 100 young people.

The friends have been training hard for the Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon on Sunday 29th September.

Elinor set up the Hartbeat campaign after being inspired by her cousin Frank Arentz, a former Monmouth School for Boys’ pupil, who was diagnosed with a heart condition.

“Frank’s diagnosis, although devastating, has potentially saved his life,” said Elinor, a Sixth Form student at Monmouth School for Girls.

“Frank has had a defibrillator fitted in his chest, which means he has been able to continue his love of sport.”

CRY was established in 1995 to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research; and to support affected families.

Twelve young people in the UK die from an undiagnosed heart condition every week.

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