Cricketers undergo health checks to raise cash for heart charity

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PLAYERS and staff at Hampshire Cricket Club’s ground have been having health checks to raise money and awareness for a charity.

People at The Ageas Bowl donated £5 to have a range of health checks.

This included checks on blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels and body mass index to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat.

The volunteers, which included club captain Jimmy Adams, took part in the drive as Wessex Heartbeat, is also the chosen charity of cricket stadium’s commercial director Zac Toumazi.

The charity helps patients and their families who are dealing with heart-related problems.

Zac will be taking part in a skydive later this year to raise money.

He said: I’m scared of heights, so what better way to deal with this than jumping out of a plane, 13,000 feet up?

‘I’m particularly looking forward to the 45 seconds of free fall before the parachute opens at 6,000ft, when I can enjoy the “leisurely” ride back down to Earth under the canopy.

‘I am challenging my fear of heights in the hope of raising lots of money for Wessex Heartbeat, which is a fantastic charity.

‘They are locally based and a great group of people. Having lost my closest friend in January through heart failure, it makes the cause all the more personal.’

The jump is due to take place on May 22 May, in Salisbury.

To donate money go to justgiving.com/zac-toumazi