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Stowmarket: Family of Lily Webster has dates ready for heart screening

06:00 10 March 2014

Lily Webster, aged 15, who died suddenly in January 2012

Lily Webster, aged 15, who died suddenly in January 2012

The family of a 15-year-old Suffolk school girl who died from a rare heart condition has put together two dates when youngsters can be screened in an effort to prevent similar tragedies.

The memorial football match at Stowmarket Town Football Club in memory of Lily Webster. Stowmarket High School (blue and white) v Stowupland High School.The memorial football match at Stowmarket Town Football Club in memory of Lily Webster. Stowmarket High School (blue and white) v Stowupland High School.

In January 2012 Stowmarket High School student Lily Webster collapsed on a trampoline during a PE lesson.

The popular pupil died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, an unpredictable attack in people whose heart is structurally normal. The condition claims the lives of around 500 people a year.

Since then Lily’s mother Melanie and father Richard have led an awareness campaign and set up a memorial fund in Lily’s name.

Now, around £7,000 of the fund, which stands at some £16,000 will be used over two-days in July to screen 200 people between the ages 14-35.

Mrs Webster said: “I am looking forward to it with all the fundraising coming together and seeing the result of it.

“I guess it will be nice to see the money spent in the way we want to see it used.

“We want people to be tested and people to have an opportunity so I’m looking forward to it.”

On Thursday Stowmarket Town Football Club hosted a match to raise money for the fund between teachers and staff from the town’s high school and Stowupland High School.

It was the second year the match has been held, with almost £1,300 from ticket sales and donations being raised from the 500-strong crowd.

The family has worked with Stowmarket businesses like the Regal Theatre and Jokers nightclub to put on fundraising events.

A proportion of the £16,000 is available for the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which has supported the family.

Mrs Webster added: “It’s nice to be included in these events in Stowmarket and they have been predominately to raise awareness for everybody but we want some benefit for the local people of the town and the area – it’s key to get the information to the right people.”

The screening will take place at Stowmarket High School on July 1-2. Information on how to book at place will be published closer to the time.

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