Free heart checks are being held in Loughborough next on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August in memory of Kris Ledgard, a popular coach who died from an undetected condition aged just 22.
Kris, a strength and conditioning coach the Leicester Riders and a former student at Loughborough College, passed away suddenly in October 2012.
Since his death, his family established the Kris Ledgard Foundation and Memorial Fund and have worked in partnership with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to raise awareness.
The Leicester Riders are supporting along with the Loughborough University and on August 18 and 19, people aged 14-35 will be able to go along to and be screened for any potential heart conditions – free of charge.
The screening has been paid for by money raised through various events, including a number of Riders games.
Tom Ledgard, Kris’ brother and director of the foundation, said: “The Riders have supported us since Kris’ passing and the screening is a way of saying thank you to the club and its community for the support we have received.
“One in twelve people in the UK every week die from undetected heart problems and the screening aims to prevent any amongst young and active people playing sport regularly like Kris – it can affect anybody.”
Russell Levenston, Riders’ general manager, said “Kris laid the foundation for strength and condition work at the Riders and achieved a great amount in such a short time.
“His legacy continues to live on with the club and we urge all of our community to take up the opportunity to get their heart check. Members of both BBL and WBBL teams will be screened over the weekend and we look forward to seeing many of you there.”
Since, over 400 people have been screened through Kris’ foundation of which 3 people were detected with possible symptoms and supported through further tests.
The screening itself is a quick and simple ECG that takes 10 minutes and concludes with a consultation with a doctor.
Places for screenings on both Saturday and Sunday are still available. To book yours, visit https://testmyheart.org.uk/.