Charity set up in memory of Allyn

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THE family of a young Scarborough man who died from an unknown heart condition have set up a charity in his memory.

Allyn McCluskie died suddenly at the age of 24 in May 2009 at his home in Alma Square after suffering from a severe coronary artery disease which had not previously been diagnosed.

Following his death his family have raised more than £16,000 for national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Now as a tribute to Allyn the Allyn McCluskie FH Foundation has been set up.

The charity will be officially launched this weekend at a Health Fair at Filey School, where people aged between 14 and 35 can have their heart tested for free, as well as undergo blood pressure checks, fitness testing, and dietary advice.

Allyn’s mother Elizabeth McCluskie, who is one of the founders of the charity, said: “Many people think poor heart health is just something that is associated with the elderly.

“We want to raise awareness that it can happen to young people too.

“We never would have imagined Allyn suffered from high cholesterol, but he did.

“A simple blood test could have saved my son’s life. We really want to highlight how important it is for people to have these checks, and heart screenings.

“The foundation has given a new purpose to Allyn’s family and friends. It really is something positive for us to focus on, not just in keeping Allyn’s memory alive, but hopefully in saving lives in the future too.”

Allyn’s death was caused by high levels of genetically inherited cholesterol.

His charity is working with CRY to hold heart screenings during the Health Fair at Filey School on Saturday.

An electrocardiogram is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities painlessly and quickly.

Anyone aged between 14 and 35 can book to have a scan at the Health Fair by visiting www.mybookingcalendar.com/cry online and selecting March 19 to book an appointment.

The Health Fair, which runs between 10am and 5pm, also features a prize draw to help raise money for the Allyn McCluskie Foundation.