Young Kent second eleven wicket-keeper, Ben Aldred, has launched a Myheart fund.

The intention is to allow local cricketers in South East London / North West Kent the opportunity to be screened by CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) with their usual ECG plus an Echocardiogram.

In September, the Bexley Cricket Club player travelled to Australia for a cricket scholarship with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy shy of his nineteenth birthday, shortly after helping his club win the ECB National Club Championship. He did that with a man of the match knock of 68.

However, whilst visiting family in Perth, before he had joined up with the academy, he suffered a cardiac arrest near a beach which left him in a coma for 72 hours after CPR from his uncle, with aid from a local doctor who was passing by, and paramedics, brought him back to life.

Along with family and friends he completed an Australian first aid course through Perth’s Revive Emergency Medical Training and now wants to do as much as he can to assist others.

Ben, father Dan, mother Donna, brother Jack, and his best friend George are organising and promoting various events through the year, and have support from other cricket clubs as well as Bexley, including Bexleyheath and Bromley.

On Saturday, Bexley CC commence their cricket week when their first team host Sevenoaks Vine in the Kent Cricket League Premier Division, which they lead going into the match. On that day Aldred also launches a non-stop static bike ride throughout the entire week with the virtual route visiting each of the 18 county cricket grounds in England and Wales.

Full details on how to donate or assist can be located on