Free heart check in memory of ice hockey player

Kris Ledgard
Kris Ledgard

The family of an ice hockey player who died from a heart attack at just 22 years old is urging others to get checked out.

Tomorrow and Sunday, the MK ice hockey community is holding a free heart screening event for young people aged 14 to 35 in conjunction with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at Planet Ice.

The screening has been paid for by money raised at a 24-hour charity ice hockey match held in July in memory of Kris Ledgard.

Since losing Kris in 2010, his family have set up the Kris Ledgard Foundation and Memorial Fund in his honour. They have so far raised £20,000 for CRY to screen more young people aged 14 to 35 for cardiac abnormalities - and help reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Kris’ brother Tomas, director of Kris’ legacy, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support of so many from Milton Keynes’ ice hockey community at last year’s fundraising event.

“Raising over £15,000 was a huge achievement, and has helped us get closer to our goal of raising £100,000, which will help to screen just under 3,000 young people. 

“We’re delighted to be able to fund the screening of 200 young people at this year’s event, many of whom are ice hockey players who would have been directly involved in raising the money at the 2014 charity match.”

During the weekend, a charity tournament and memorial game will be held to raise further funds for future screenings. The charity tournament will be running from 2.15pm until 12.00am tomorrow (Saturday) and from 11.15am until 6.45pm on Sunday.

Spectators are welcome to show their support during the two day tournament, entry is free of charge.

Face off for the Kris Ledgard Memorial Game will be at 7.30pm on the Sunday.

Tickets are now on sale at Planet Ice, priced at £5 each, with all proceeds going to CRY.