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Health / More than 200 turn out for third heart screening event for young people

Siobhan Pirie (right of centre) and Andrea Laurenson (left of centre) of Shetland Heart Screening alongside some of the Cardiac Risk in the Young staff. Photo: Dave Donaldson

MORE THAN 200 people attended a free heart screening event in Lerwick at the weekend, with 20 folk referred on for further checks.

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

The event was organised by the local group Shetland Heart Screening, which is made up of committee members Siobhan Pirie, Fern Johnson and Andrea Laurenson.

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.

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

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

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

They added thanks to NorthLink, Loganair, Bolts Car Hire and Clickimin for sponsorship and support for the 2024 event.

“We are delighted to confirm that the next screening event in Shetland will take place in June 2025 and that our fundraising efforts will continue to secure future screenings,” the group said.

The first screening event was held in Shetland in 2022.

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