The family of Graeme Blenkinsop, who died suddenly from a cardiac issue in 2006, are backing screening of young people on the Isle of Wight.

Heart charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is coming to the Island at the end of July to deliver two days of cardiac testing.

Funds raised in memory of local man Graeme Blenkinsop, who was 21 when he died, mean that up to 200 young people will have the opportunity to be screened for potentially dangerous heart conditions by experts from the charity.

The last few places for the event, to be held at Cowes Enterprise College on the weekend of July 29 and 30 July, are still available.

Isle of Wight County Press: Cardiac screening taking place.Cardiac screening taking place. (Image: Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY))

Anyone aged between 14 and 35 can sign up soon to book a place at

The demand for places on CRY’s unique screening programme remains high, with a national waiting list of over 50,000.

The screening weekend represents an important opportunity for young Islanders to be tested for underlying heart conditions.

Every week in the UK, at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young (that is aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

In 80 per cent of these cases, there will have been no warning signs, until it was too late – which is why CRY believes proactive cardiac screening amongst asymptomatic young people is vitally important.

Graeme Blenkinsop was just 21 when he died suddenly. Since his tragic death, Graeme’s family has been committed to tirelessly raising funds in his memory – having now reached £45,000.

Graeme’s Memorial Fund with CRY has already helped to fund three previous screening days (testing almost 300 young people, to date), as well as supporting CRY’s Research Programme and core services.

Dr Steven Cox, CRY chief executive,  said: “As with so many of CRY’s amazing supporters, Graeme’s family have so bravely been able to see beyond their own devastating experience to help play a crucial part in preventing other families from having to endure the same grief as they have."

An ECG (electrocardiogram) test is a simple way to trace the heart’s rhythm and identify the vast majority of abnormalities that can cause sudden deaths in young people.

The test is quick and non-invasive. If necessary, a further echocardiogram (ultrasound scan) can be taken on the same day to provide further clarity or reassurance.

Graeme’s sister, Lynda, said: “It's truly amazing the amount of money that has been raised in memory of Graeme through different fundraising events and donations.

"One friend even had his hair and beard shaved off, which he had been growing for a very long time.

“A group of his best friends ran around the Isle of Wight over the course of a weekend and there have been many charity football matches over the years, which saw friends of Graeme play against GKN.

“We miss Graeme every day.”