High demand led to a total of 215 pupils taking part in free cardiac screenings at Arbroath High School (AHS) on March 8 and 9.
As previously reported in the Herald, the screenings, run by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), were made possible by a donation to the Michael Cadman Memorial Fund at CRY.
Michael’s family have spoken of the “maturity and compassion” of pupils at the screening, which has been described as very successful.
They said: “The event was very successful and the young people that we spoke to were very much behind the reasons for screenings and in agreement that this is something that should be made available to all in the 14 to 35 age groups. We were able to chat to some of the pupils as they waited for their ECG/results. We were very impressed with their maturity and compassion and they were all very interested in CRY and their work. We are very grateful to them and also to their parents for engaging so well with the screening.
“We are indebted to Mr Pandrich and the team at AHS, who worked tirelessly to ensure not only that the screening went ahead but also to really engage and reassure the AHS pupils with regards to the reasons why the screening (and wider work of CRY) was important and beneficial. They really were amazing and we were made to feel very welcome.
“Of course, the event could not have been the success that it was were it not for CRY’s excellent approachable and highly professional screening team.
“Overall, we are very pleased with the success of the event and very grateful to those that have helped us to make the screening happen in Arbroath. Doing something positive for young people in Michael’s memory was a fitting tribute to a wonderful son, brother and friend.
“We the Cadman family would also like to extend our thanks to all who have supported the Michael Cadman Memorial Fund and, thus, funded this vital screening at AHS for local young people. We plan to run future screenings in Arbroath/locally, which will also be funded by the Michael Cadman Memorial Fund at CRY. If anyone would like to donate to CRY you can do so via www.c-r-y.org.uk/donate/. You can also donate directly to (and, thereby, fund local screening) the Michael Cadman Memorial Fund at CRY by calling 01737 363222.”
AHS headteacher Mr Pandrich commented: “The two day screening programme at Arbroath High School was a great success with so many pupils screened and examined. I was impressed and moved by the professionalism, efficiency, care and compassion of the CRY Team as they carried out the screening. Mr and Mrs Cadman and their daughter Jennifer were supportive throughout the preparations for the screening and over the two days of the screening with other members of their family and friends provided invaluable encouragement and support.
“Their example of altruism and compassion conveys a very practical and profound message of caring for others which we want to be at the centre of our school community’s ethos and vision.
“Over the two days, many pupils asked me about the screening and were clearly moved and intensely grateful for what was being done for them. Of course we were concerned that a young person might have a problem identified and need help, but reassured by the Team’s professionalism and skill and the support of CRY to take positive action.
“The Cadman family have done a very wonderful thing for our young people and for Arbroath High School, investing in our future in the most profound and important way. Pupils asked if the school community can raise money to support the Charity and we have planned an activity at the end of this term: some pupils have already raised money to donate through their own efforts. For my own part and on behalf of the School, I am very grateful to Mr and Mrs Cadman and their daughter Jennifer. We are proud to have Michael as a former pupil and he was in our thoughts throughout the screening which was such a fitting tribute to him.”
Several pupils also shared their views on the experience.
S5 pupil Ellen Wilson said: “The opportunity to get my heart screened by CRY was something I didn’t need to think twice about before signing up for it: it was a must. I’d never had any worries about my heart before my scan but, like Michael, I could just be oblivious to potential problems. So I must thank Michael’s family for allowing senior pupils at Arbroath High School the chance to have our hearts checked so that hopefully tragic deaths like Michael’s can be avoided in the future.”
S6 pupil Rachel Sim commented: “Having the opportunity to be tested for cardiac arrest in school on March 8 was very beneficial. As this condition can occur unexpectedly at any age, it was great to be reassured that we are in good health. The school and pupils are very grateful for the generous help and support from the Cadman family.”