Stroke awareness session is a success

By Nigel Slater 24/04 Updated: 24/04 14:46

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MORE than a hundred people attended a special blood pressure session to help reduce the chances of suffering from a stroke.

The stroke awareness event, organised by Pershore Rotary Club, took place on Saturday (March 31) in Pershore Town Hall and saw concerned residents get their blood pressure checked for free.

Pershore Mayor and Mayoress John and Sheila Grantham were the first to be tested on the day which saw a team of six nurses on duty throughout the session.

Out of the 103 people who were tested, 20 were advised to see their doctor within the next month and two people were asked to make an urgent visit to their GP.

Physiotherapist and Rotary Club member Judith Gath, who attended the event, said: "It is important people do have their blood pressure monitored as steps can be taken to control it which along with healthy eating and regular exercise can greatly reduce the chance of a stroke."

Alan Fulton, member of the Pershore Rotary Club who organised the event, added: "If holding this event helps save one life then it is well worthwhile and it does of course help raise awareness of the need for monitoring.

"I would like to thank the nurses for giving their time and expertise and of course Pershore Town Council for the use of the Town Hall.

Anyone interested in joining the Pershore Rotary Club should contact Chris Smith by calling 01386 556167 or visit their website at www.pershore.rotaryweb.org.

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