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Charity stalwart calls on public to make use of heart screening

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: October 16, 2013

  • Zennor Pilot Gig Club was raising money for the campaign alongside a crew from Mount's Bay club on Saturday

  • A heart screening unit will be at Penwith College over October 26-27

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A CHARITY stalwart has called on young locals to make use of a heart screening facility next weekend.

Sylvia Pezzack, who lost daughter Debbie Rendle to an undetected heart condition in 2007, has organised a number of fundraising drives - alongside others - to bring the life-saving unit to west Penwith.

She said there looks to be currently over 100 places still available, allowing anyone between 14 and 35 the chance to ensure they are fit and well.

Mrs Pezzack, from Mousehole, said she hopes more people sign up and noted the financial implications to providing the screening sessions for just one weekend.

“I would say there are about 80 out of 200 spots taken - it costs £7,000 to bring it down,” she said.

“Having lost a family member myself and knowing that 12 young people die every week from the condition, I would urge people to take advantage of this.

“It’s a small test and it doesn’t take long. It’s all very quick and easy.”

Mrs Pezzack added around four per cent of those checked over are found to have a problem.

She added detecting any potential issues before the health risks develop helps to “safeguard” peoples’ futures.

“We cannot always know when someone's heart is going to suddenly stop, but with the screening it is possible to detect any heart defects and this in turn gives the person a chance of getting it fixed,” she added.

As well as the screening weekend, which runs at Penwith College over October 26-27 between 9am-5pm and is free to attend, further fundraising for the Debbie Rendle Memorial Fund, part of charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, has been going on in Mount’s Bay.

Rowers from Zennor and Mount’s pilot gig clubs braved some difficult conditions on Saturday morning to collect money for the cause, with a coffee morning also taking place at the port’s Methodist church Sunday school. Nearly £300 was raised.

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