Welwyn Garden City lad Mat Blease saves others after death

PUBLISHED: 12:59 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Mat Blease
Picture courtesy of School Life Pictures

Mat Blease Picture courtesy of School Life Pictures

TRAGIC teenager Mat Blease is set to save the lives of other youngsters with money raised following his death. The 13-year-old was one of 12 fit and healthy youngsters who die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions. Thanks to almost £10,000 in donat

TRAGIC teenager Mat Blease is set to save the lives of other youngsters with money raised following his death.

The 13-year-old was one of 12 fit and healthy youngsters who die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions.

Thanks to almost £10,000 in donations and fundraising by Mat's parents Karen and Steve, a mobile heart screening unit will arrive in WGC for two days in June.

Mum Karen, of Bakers Grove, WGC, said: "We take it for granted that because are children are healthy and sporty they are fine.

"After Mat, we had young James who had a heart attack, and Matt Pearson died and we don't yet know what happened.

"They are all fit and healthy boys from WGC."

Mat died in February 2008 and his parents have been raising cash for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) ever since.

CRY is setting off on its first nationwide heart screening tour, backed by healthcare company Phillips, which has paid for the trailer and its equipment.

It is stopping off at Morrisons supermarket, in Black Fan Road, Panshanger, on June 20 and 21, thanks to Mat's memorial fund.

CRY founder and chief executive Alison Cox told the WHT: "This community has been hit by tragedy and needs reassurance.

"Twelve fit and healthy youngsters die every week and 80 per cent have no symptoms at all.

"Very often our children are dead before they hit the ground or die in their sleep."

The screening is for 14- to 35-year-olds to identify heart conditions which could potentially prove fatal if left untreated.

Mrs Cox added: "The courage of this family, who despite their loss try to save others, is an incredible tribute to their child."

* To book an appointment visit www.testmyheart.org or call CRY on 01737 363222.


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