Thursday 30 March 2023

HUNDREDS of school children in the Beverley area could soon be tested for an undetected heart condition after almost £150,000 was raised by a solo rower who has just completed an 11-week, 3,500-mile trans-Atlantic challenge. 

Andrew Osborne (pictured) rowed all the way from Gran Can-aria to Antigua in blistering heat. He lost his daughter Amy to the hidden heart defect five years ago. The family grew up in the Beverley area and is determined to help other local families avoid the heartbreak they experienced. 

On average 12 children and young adults die from the condition every week in the UK. Andrew told Beverley FM the testing is all independently funded but it’s not happening very much in state schools, so he wants to ensure that happens in the Beverley area. He wanted to raise money for the cause in Amy’s name and memory. It costs around £100 per test and he’s just short of his target to fund 1500 tests.

He said he’d love listeners to fill the gap by donating via his website: 

You’ll be able to hear more on this story in the Morning Mix tomorrow between 10am and noon. And you can view a video about Andrew’s efforts here  

PEOPLE wishing to have their say in May’s local elections have less than a month to make sure they are eligible to vote or have the correct voter ID in order to vote at a polling station. May 4 will see elections for the 67 seats on East Riding Council and for 168 town and parish councillors. The deadline to be included on the electoral register is 11.59pm on Monday April 17.

This year, people on the electoral register and wishing to vote in person at a polling station will now be required to show a form of photo ID before they will be issued with a ballot paper. Full details on all of this can be found here