June 2019

Memory of former student honoured with heart screening session

Following his tragic death at the age of only 27, the memory of former Withernsea High School student Darren Uscroft was honoured last week with a cardiac screening session for the young people in our community.

Thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of Darren’s friends and family, enough money was raised to screen 100 young people aged between 14 and 35.

The screening session was run by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and took place on Wednesday 12th June in the Holderness Learning Centre at Withernsea High School.

The CRY team provide an efficient service and aim to detect any undiagnosed heart defects that may require on-going medical attention. Without this service, too many assume that they are fully fit when in fact there is an underlying issue that could have fatal results.

The session was attended by Darren’s mum Karen, his siblings Jodie and Danny plus family friend Kerri Dawson who helped to lead the fundraising efforts. 

Kerri commented: 'I am delighted that the maximum number of 100 heart screenings were taken advantage of on Wednesday. Every penny of the £5,000 raised has been worthwhile in providing these potentially life-saving tests.

There have been five sudden deaths in our region that I know of and if this screening prevents another tragic loss, then it has all been worthwhile. Due to the success of the screening, Karen and I, with the support of Withernsea High School, have agreed to continue fundraising in order to secure similar opportunities in the future.

I am so grateful to everyone that helped me raise the required funds. All I ask now is that with the awareness raised from Wednesday’s session, everyone considers raising the profile of CRY and start raising funds in the coming months to contribute towards another heart screening day.’

Headteacher Mark Crofts commented: ‘I am delighted that we, as a school, were able to facilitate this vital screening session for the young people of our community. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the fundraising efforts of Kerri, Karen and all who contributed to raising such an impressive amount in Darren’s memory.

Working together, I am confident that we can raise the funds required to secure future screening opportunities for the benefit of our young people. Finally, my thanks go to Hayley Davis and all the staff in school who helped contribute to making the day a success.’

Miss Davis added: ‘I would like to thank everybody involved for ensuring all 100 screening slots were taken advantage of. This outcome proves the importance of such sessions and I am really pleased that we were able to host the event. Any members of the school community interested in helping to raise funds for similar screenings in the future are welcome to contact me via email at davish@wscampus.net

As part of raising awareness and continuing the fundraising across the wider area, Kerri Dawson is also keen to work with local sports clubs, dance and gymnastic classes, running clubs, leisure centres and other such community groups. Representatives of these groups who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to email Kerri at kerridawson71@gmail.com

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette.