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HEART screenings for young people are set to take place in Shetland next summer – but the team behind the project are looking to find a suitable venue.

The group Shetland Heart Screening has booked the dates of 11 and 12 June 2022.

It has raised more than £30,000 to cover the costs of free heart screenings for anyone and between 14 and 35.

While the June dates are in the diary, Shetland Heart Screening is keen to hear from any venues in Lerwick would be interested in hosting the event.

Charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, which will be running the screenings, has a few requirements when it comes to size; the main one is for five private rooms – dimensions at least 7ft by 6ft – or if this is not possible then one large room/hall and two smaller rooms.

People can get in touch with the local group through Facebook or via email: shetlandheartscreening@gmail.com.

It was formed a couple of years ago by Siobhan Pirie from Gulberwick, whose husband John Pirie (PJ) unexpectedly passed away in 2017 at the age of just 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

She began looking into ways to offer a free heart screening for young folk in Shetland in memory of her husband.

Cardiac Risk in the Young gave the go-ahead for its screening events to come to Shetland, but money needed to be in place for this to happen – leading to a successful fundraising drive in the community.

The screenings would take the form of a non-invasive ECG (electrocardiogram) test that would take five to ten minutes.