Cheshire business makes £5k donation to heart charity | Knutsford Times

Cheshire business makes £5k donation to heart charity

By on July 1, 2019

Winsford based container refurbishment company, UKCM, has made a generous donation of £5,000 to ‘Cardiac Arrest in the Young’ after founder, Emma Elston MBE, was touched by the harrowing story of Deborah Dixon from Tarporley, whose son Aaron died at the age of 23 from an undetected heart defect.

Cardiac Arrest in the Young (CRY) is a charity which aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death in children. All funds go towards supporting new screening programmes within local communities, which detect cardiac abnormalities, as well as driving awareness and supporting families affected by the condition.

Two months after losing Aaron, Deborah was told her son’s death could have been prevented if he underwent an ECG test when submitted to hospital a few years prior after experiencing severe blackouts. After seeking the support of CRY, Deborah set up a memorial fund in memory of her son to raise money for a Cheshire-based screening programme.

“I want to keep Aaron’s memory alive and that is why I have set up a memorial fund within CRY. All the money I raise is used to fund screening days as I want to help save young people. No parents should have to go through the loss of their child,” says Deborah.

CRY offers ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 and 35. Most cardiac abnormalities can be simply diagnosed by having an ECG test. For extra clarity an Echocardiogram ultrasound scan can also be done if there has been a young sudden death in the family.

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY said, “The support of UKCM means a great deal to us and will help us to continue our campaign to reduce the number of young, sudden cardiac deaths and the heartbreak that follows such a tragedy. It is only through the generosity of our supporters that CRY is able to offer its various services and enable more young people to be screened across the country.”

Emma Elston MBE added, “From the entire team at UKCM, we are delighted to contribute towards such a valuable and life changing charity.  Through Deborah’s sheer hard work and determination, she has now funded screening for over 2,500 young people in schools and community spaces across Cheshire. We wish her the best of luck in her ongoing fundraising endeavors.”

UKCM is the UK’s largest family-owned container repair and refurbishment company and is dedicated to the refurbishment of all types of waste and recycling containers. UKCM works across the country offering waste companies and local authorities mobile repairs, as well as factory-based services at its head office located at Road One, Winsford, Cheshire.

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