Family's mammoth fundraising has saved other young people's lives.
SOON after Daniel's death David, Sue and Dan's sister Kim decided to raise funds for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), to organise heart screenings for Dan's friends and football team.
The screening would go on to save a 17-year-old girl's life - saving another family the same pain and heartache that the Hughes family had suffered.
But the family's fundraising snowballed, and they have now raised PS150,000 in Dan's memory, to and a further PS40,000 pledged by Unite the union in the next two years.
They've also screened 996 people for heart conditions, saving one girl's life and diagnosing more than 30 with potentially life-threatening conditions.
"Lucy was 17 years old. She came along just to have a test because of what had happened to Dan and they found that she'd had a complete heart block.
"They sent her straight her to the hospital, straight onto the cardiac unit. She spent 10 days having tests and then went for surgery to have a pacemaker fitted.
"She's a very lucky young lady. The consequences of her not having that test are unimaginable for her.
"And like Dan, she had no symptoms."
The ECG screening takes around 10 minutes, and if any abnormality is picked up, then the person will be referred to their GP for more tests or sent straight to hospital.
CRY will be holding a screening today and tomorrow at Sir Thomas Boughey High School in Halmer End, Stoke, with funds raised in Daniel's memory.
Last week the Hughes family and friends took on the mammoth task of cycling 404 miles from Land's End in Cornwall back to Stoke-on-Trent in just four days. It was the biggest fundraising event the family have arranged, with planning and training spanning over 12 months.
"There was laughter and there was tears," said David. "There were broken bikes and broken people, but we all made it home.
"We know that all the money raised will go towards Dan's memorial, and hopefully continue to save lives."
For more information on screenings, go to www.c-r-y.org.uk To donate to David's fundraiser for CRY please visit: https://uk.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2018|
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