Sudden death of Preston teen footballer sparks heart screening mission

Tragic: Teenager Melissa Smith collapsed and died while playing football
Tragic: Teenager Melissa Smith collapsed and died while playing football
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Following the sudden death of one of their young players, a Preston amateur football club are to hold a heart screening event.

Melissa Smith was just 15 years old when she collapsed while playing for Cadley FC girls during an U16s game at Greenside, Euxton.

She was later pronounced dead at Royal Preston Hospital.

Now, her team mates and managing staff are holding a private screening event on May 2 and 3 with Cardiac Risk in the Young to try and prevent a similar tragedy.

Joanne Brown, club development officer said: “We have always had links to the JordanGrant18 charity and have fundraised for them every year.

“But on the back of Melissa’s death, parents have been getting frustrated that local free screening events have been booked up quickly and are not held frequently.

“As a parent I would be happy to pay for my child to be screened to thought it would be an idea to hold one at the club.”

The event will be held at CPC, Fulwood who have provided their facilities free of charge, however as the Cadley screening is a private event there is a cost of £40 per person.

Joanne said: “£40 is negligible really when you are talking about saving a life.

“Anything that increases awareness of the charity and screenings is well worth it.”

Anyone who wants to attend the screening must be between the ages of 14 and 35 when the event takes place.

Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

There are 200 places available.

To register for the screening fill in an initial registration form online at the Cadley FC website at