Over 215 pupils take part in screenings

200 Arbroath High School students were scanned for heart problems over Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cadman Family were pictured with the headmaster and S5 pupils during the screening. From left: Bruce Pandrich, Ian Cadman, Jessie Cadman, Jennifer Irvine-Cadman. Front: Rachel Stevenson, Cameron Burns, Emily Ross.

200 Arbroath High School students were scanned for heart problems over Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cadman Family were pictured with the headmaster and S5 pupils during the screening. From left: Bruce Pandrich, Ian Cadman, Jessie Cadman, Jennifer Irvine-Cadman. Front: Rachel Stevenson, Cameron Burns, Emily Ross.

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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 young people 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 are very grateful to them and also to their parents for engaging so well with the screening.”

The family also said they were “indebted” to Acting Head Teacher Mr Pandrich and the team at AHS for ensuring the screening went ahead and highlighting why the screening and the work of CRY was important.

They added: “We are very pleased with the success of the event and grateful to those that helped make the screening happen. Doing something positive for young people in Michael’s memory was a fitting tribute to a wonderful son, brother and friend.”

The family also thanked those who have supported the Memorial Fund and have said they plan to run future screenings. Donations can be made directly to the Michael Cadman Memorial Fund by calling 01737 363222.

Mr Pandrich added: “The Cadman family have done a very wonderful thing for our young people. 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’m 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 a fitting tribute to him.”