Thanks have been received from Derbyshire AAA Screening after they held a highly successful ultrasound clinic in the HUB at the Proact before last month's game against Boreham Wood.
Aimed specifically at men aged 65 and over, there was no shortage of takers for the scan that saves lives. A total of 26 men were screened on the day, with a further ten requesting an appointment at a venue close to where they live.
Helen Hearnshaw, the screening technician who led the NHS initiative, said: "We were very grateful for the opportunity to hold a clinic at such a brilliant, high-profile venue like the Proact. We would like to thank the Chesterfield Community Trust for giving us a voice and a platform on which to promote AAA Screening and its benefits to the older generation of men in the Chesterfield community.
"Thanks to John Croot and his team, we were also made very welcome at the Dronfield Akademy a few weeks earlier where the walking footballers were every bit as keen to be screened and reassured, in keeping with their already health-conscious lifestyles. Both venues have been fantastic points of contact with the community and essential to us because, ironically, our continued success means that we receive no form of advertising or publicity from the NHS."
All men are invited automatically for a scan when they turn 65 and those born before April 1947 have been missed, simply because screening in Derbyshire has only been available for the last seven years.
Helen added: "It is imperative that we reach out and are heard by these older community members because we know that deaths from a ruptured aneurysm of those who have not been screened do still occur, most of which could quite possibly have been prevented.
"We are hopeful that our successful collaboration with the Chesterfield FC Community Trust will continue because the screened patients of today will be the healthy football fans of tomorrow."
Anyone wishing to request a scan can do so by phoning 01332 789859.