PARENTS of a teenager who died from a cardiac arrest in 2007 have joined scores of people to be screened for any signs of heart problems.
Paul Clabburn and Claire Prosser were delighted to see 300 people attend the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) 'testmyheart' screenings at the car park of West Ealing's Waitrose, on what would have been their son's 18th birthday weekend.
Tom Clabburn, who attended Drayton Manor High School and played for Hanwell Town FC, was just 14 when he died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Since his death in October 2007, his parents have set up The Tom Clabburn Memorial fund and have raised thousands of pounds as well as awareness of the charity CRY.
From Saturday 27 to Monday November 29, people aged 14-35 booked in and dropped by the store car park to receive an electro cardiogram (ECG) or Echo ultrasound scan to check their hearts.
A record breaking 101 people booked in for the free screening on Sunday, topping the attendance figures over the past 21 'testmyheart' nationwide tours.
Paul Clabburn, an Ealing journalist, who found his son's lifeless body, said: "We were delighted that all three days of screenings were fully booked and that nearly 300 people were screened. Neither the cold weather nor the Tube strike seemed to put people off and we're glad to know that those who booked valued the chance to be tested.
"Our son, Tom, would have been 18 on the first day of the screenings and we hope that while the vast majority will have left reassured, some, perhaps, will have been given a chance he did not have.
"We're grateful to Waitrose for hosting the event - they've been very supportive since we first asked them if they would - and to our friends and Tom's friends who volunteered to help out. "Many people asked if we would be doing more free screenings next year and, with CRY's help, that's certainly our intention.
"The screenings are funded with money raised by local people and organisations and we believe that it's really important that it's spent back in the community."
The screening was supported through the fundraising of the Clabburn's friends and family, as well as a £1,000 donation from Middlesex County FA and Brentford FC Manager, Andy Scott, a Patron of CRY, also attended the screening session on Monday.
For more information, visit www.c-r-y.org.uk