Jonny backs cardiac screening programme

Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Jonny Evans and Jim Grattan, Child Welfare Manager at the IFA, launch the new CRY Screening Programme. Jonny, who grew up in Newtownabbey, is a Patron of the CRY charity. INNT46-501CON
Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Jonny Evans and Jim Grattan, Child Welfare Manager at the IFA, launch the new CRY Screening Programme. Jonny, who grew up in Newtownabbey, is a Patron of the CRY charity. INNT46-501CON
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MANCHESTER United footballer Jonny Evans is backing a major cardiac screening programme which is due to kick off in Newtownabbey next weekend.

The Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) screening service normally costs £35. But the charity is now offering young people aged 14 to 35 years the chance to be screened for cardiac abnormalities at no charge.

The first of the potentially life-saving screenings to be offered at no charge will be held at the University of Ulster Sports Centre in Jordanstown on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27.

CRY has scheduled a total of ten clinics over the next 12 months, visiting Belfast, Londonderry, Newry and Coleraine.

“We have been providing screening clinics in Northern Ireland for five years now. Running alongside the screening there has been a sustained fundraising programme,” explained local CRY representative John Lundy.

“We are now in the position where we are able to offer people across Northern Ireland screening at no cost to them. Thanks to the funds raised by supporters of CRY, families of those that have died from cardiac related illnesses and the generosity of the general public, we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity. We hope that it will encourage young people to go get screened.”

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