Suzanne McPadden is inducted into the Weston Club
Stroke Awareness Day: Saturday 22nd April 2017 in Weston-super-Mare Italian Gardens, Town Centre
Weston Rotary are providing free blood pressure checks in Weston Town Centre to combat stroke on Saturday 22nd April 2017
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association have teamed up to help people stop for a moment and get their blood pressure tested and to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure. As well as having a blood pressure check, local residents can also receive advice on steps to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk.
Having a stroke can be devastating but people can reduce their risk significantly by paying attention to their blood pressure. Rotary is proud to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign because it is both simple and effective. The test takes a moment to do and potentially, it could save your life.
This is the first time we have done this but as an example, last year Fleet Rotary Club, with the invaluable help of 6 voluntary medically qualified nurses and pharmacists, tested 105 members of the public: 71 presented satisfactory blood pressure results; 32 were advised to see their doctor within 28 days; and 2 were advised to see their doctor within 7 days.
Having a regular blood pressure check is so important. Estimates suggest there could be almost seven million people with high blood pressure who are undiagnosed and at risk of having a stroke. Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms. High blood pressure is far more common than you would think and it can be deadly, but it is treatable. With events like this, together we can conquer stroke.
Young Scout Chloe Cox from First Weston Rangers stood up at our lunchtime meeting and told us all about her exciting forthcoming trip to the Netherlands attending the NICES Jamboree 2017. NICES, or the Nederweert International Camp for European Scouts, is an International Summer Camp for all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from all over Europe and beyond designed to develop character and international understanding. The Camp is a massive event and only organised every few years, the last one being in 2012. Chloe is funding her trip by her own fundraising efforts having already raised £1,000 and we are pleased to support her with a cheque for another £200 towards her target and wish her a very successful experience.