Last month, we launched a preventative health initiative across rural Aberdeenshire in memory of local resident Miranda McHardy, who died suddenly from genetic haemochromatosis aged 59 last year.

We're reaching out to over 25,000 households across Aberdeenshire to offer a free genetic health check by post.

BBC Scotland Science & Innovation correspondent Laura Goodwin visited two of our members in Aberdeenshire, George & Laura,  to explain the need for our latest screening programme.

George was speaking following the untimely loss of his sister, Miranda, early last year. His  family believe that if she had been diagnosed earlier, she would still be with them.

They hope families in Aberdeenshire will take the opportunity to be tested, and that others who think they may be at risk, seek advice. BBC Scotland broadcast this helpful guide to getting tested for genetic haemochromatosis, via our preventative health initiative.

STV also featured Miranda's story on the Evening News :

There has been widespread media interest in the story, including coverage in :

...and many local and regional newspapers.