A pledge by the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association (LHYCA) of continued support of The Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund and charity CRY is enabling an island cardiac health screening service to take place both next year and in 2015.
The LHYCA recently presented The Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund with a £9,000 donation, raised through the Association’s annual fundraising event The Hebridean Cycle Challenge – and have pledged to continue their support for its local cardiac screening initiative in the future.
The Association said: “Those who participated in this year’s event, whether as donors, volunteers, or participants in the gruelling ‘challenge’ or the more sedate ‘charity’ cycle, can feel extremely proud to have achieved so much for the cause of providing an opportunity for young people to access cardiac health checks, if they so wish.”
That opportunity is being provided through The Andrew Macleod Memorial fund which has been set up within charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) following the sad passing of 21 year old trainee marine engineer, Lewisman Andrew Macleod.
Andrew was in the final year of his studies when he suddenly died from a cardiac condition on October 21st, 2011, on board ship in Hong Kong. He had no warning or symptoms; and was subject to regular medical examinations as a merchant seaman, passing easily.
Many cardiac conditions however can not be detected by a stethoscope alone, requiring instead an ‘image’ to be taken – an ‘electrocardiogram’ (ECG) or an ‘echocardiogram (Echo) for example.
And CRY – founded in 1997 by Alison Cox MBE – can provide such tests for free within its mobile screening programme, targeting those aged between 14 and 35 years.
The Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund are pleased to announce that the CRY screening service will visit Stornoway for a two day screening event on August 29th and 30th next year; with another event planned for 18th and 19th September, 2015.
Said Mr Macleod of The Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund: “There have been a number of island families touched by similar tragic circumstances, and we are keen to promote the work of CRY within our Island communities in the hope that others may be spared the sudden devastating loss of a loved one.
“We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the many organisations and individuals who have supported our cause in so many ways, and particularly the committee of the Hebridean Cycle Challenge for encouraging us to bring hope from despair, and who have pledged their ongoing support for future cardiac screening events.”
The cost of running CRY screening is £3,500 per day and the costs for the initial Stornoway event will be met by The Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund, with no charge to the applicants for screening.
Placement bookings will be available in due course – for further information visit www.c-r-y.org.uk