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Health / Heart screening event proves a big success – and will return next year

MORE than 220 people attended a free heart screening event in Lerwick at the weekend – and the wheels are in motion for it to return to Shetland next year.

The screenings took place at the Clickimin in Lerwick for people aged 14 to 35.

Its organiser, the local group Shetland Heart Screening, said more than ten people have been referred on for further checks following the event.

The screenings themselves were facilitated by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, and a team of eight headed to Shetland from the mainland.

“We are delighted that after the success of this event they have also agreed to come back again next year,” Shetland Heart Screening’s Siobhan Pirie said.

“We are looking to confirm the 2023 date in the coming weeks and will be updating people when we can.

“So for now we go back to fundraising to try and get the funds back up.”

An online fundraising page can be found here.

The group was formed a few years ago when Pirie’s husband John unexpectedly passed away in 2017 at the age of just 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Its committee has grown to include Andrea Laurenson and Fern Johnson.

The screening event was made possible thanks to a fundraising drive in the community, as well support from some local sponsors.

The team said they were “so incredibly grateful and overwhelmed” by the support they have received.

They also wanted to thank NorthLink, Loganair, Bolts Car Hire, Clickimin, Fjara, Shetland Dairy and RJ McLeod for sponsorship and support for the 2022 event.