Pop star Pixie Lott marks student's memory in school visit

The School Reporters filmed Pixie Lott singing her new single at their school

In 2011 an apparently healthy 15-year-old student with no history of heart problems, from Ravens Wood School in Kent, collapsed while training for his local football club.

Ben Daniels' death three days later led to the school becoming closely involved with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a charity which raises awareness of the conditions which can lead to sudden cardiac death among young people.

Fellow student Maximillian wrote about it for School Report in 2013 and now, 12 months' later, after the school was visited by one of the UK's brightest music stars, and a patron of CRY, he has written about it again. This is his story.

One year on from our last BBC School Report, Ravens Wood School is still flying the standard for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

On the morning of 11 March, we had a very exciting visit from one of CRY's most famous patrons, pop star Pixie Lott.

Raising awareness

Her performance, to unsuspecting members of Year 11 and the sixth form, featured three songs, including her new single, Nasty, a question and answer session, and even an opportunity for interviews.

In a brief interview after the performance, the singer, who has been a patron for almost four years, said: "As a young person it's important to spread the news to other young people, because it is a charity that not as many people know about."

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Image caption Lott performed three songs for the excited Ravens Wood School pupils

Sadly, 12 young people under the age of 35 die every week due to cardiac health problems, according to CRY. These problems often go unnoticed, which is why it has become such an issue.

CRY was set up to change this by raising awareness of cardiac health and facilitating heart screenings, such as those that Ravens Wood host every year.

Memorable assembly

The charity also goes into schools to hold talks and assemblies about why cardiac health is important.

As a patron of the charity, Pixie has supported CRY in a range of different ways, including a piece in The Daily Mirror newspaper on former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba's collapse in 2012, performances at schools and a clothes sale, the proceeds of which went to CRY.

Other people involved in the work of CRY were present at her performance including their chief executive Alison Cox and Paul Daniels, the father of Ben Daniels - the Ravens Wood student who tragically collapsed on the football pitch and died in hospital due to heart failure.

Students and teachers in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and it's sure to be an assembly many will not forget.

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