Robert was born and grew up in Kirkcaldy, and despite travelling the world, always thought of Kirkcaldy as home. So when the A K A Day team were looking to run screenings in Scotland, Kirkcaldy was always going to be top of the list. After lots of investigation and conversations, it was confirmed the screenings would be held at St Andrews High School in the town, over a weekend in July, where Robert was once a pupil.
With the surroundings set, and the appointments snapped up, the team were delighted to screen 164 people over the weekend, all in memory of Robert. Many tense faces turned into smiles as a steady stream of people came through the door to be met by our welcome team who instantly made everyone feel relaxed. The offer of a kind face and a cup of tea tends to have that effect. The team are true professionals and make what can be a new experience for many, smooth, seamless and truly worthwhile. With no heart screening programme available via NHS for 14 – 35 year olds, monies raised through our annual A K A Day challenge funds this essential work.
Being in Robert’s old school felt like the right place to be that weekend, with the sense that he would have been happy for us to run such an important event in a place he knew so well.
Debbie Millar, Queen Bee“It was important to me to bring my children along to the screening day to see what their hard work during A K A Day had resulted in. Although they are too young to be screened (and I’m too old), I still really wanted them to understand the difference they are making to others”
Thank you to everyone who came along and continues to support our fundraising efforts. Below is a round up video of the day, featuring some of our Hive team and participants.