A SCREENING day which tests young adults for underlying heart conditions will go ahead later this year, after a donor stepped forward to fund the event.

Knutsford Community First Responders Trust have been offering screening days since 2016 – in partnership with charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – but an event planned for November at Knutsford Methodist Church had been in doubt due to increased costs.

Following an appeal by the trust and the Guardian, a donor has stepped forward to foot the £7,500 bill, which will see up to 100 Knutsfordians aged 14 to 35 tested for potentially fatal conditions.

The money comes from a fund set up by a mum whose son died of sudden cardiac arrest at 23.

The Aaron James Dixon Memorial Fund helps fund CRY screening days in the area, with Aaron’s mum Debbie involved in previous Knutsford events.

Debbie wrote on the CRY website: “Aaron was admitted to hospital on two occasions and on both occasions we were told the reason for his blacking out was due to dehydration. He was put on a drip overnight and released from hospital the following day.

“He was never given an ECG whilst in hospital - he may be here today if he had.

“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.”

KCFRT trustee Adrian Rees said: “Our second 2018 screening day had been in doubt as we needed to raise a further £7,500.

“I’m now delighted to announce that we have secured the necessary funding courtesy of the Aaron James Dixon Memorial Fund.

“I’m sure you would all like to join us to thank Deborah Dixon, whose son Aaron died of sudden cardiac arrest three years ago and who has since worked tirelessly to raise funds in his memory for cardiac screenings all over the UK, for her most generous donation to fund Knutsford’s public cardiac screening.”