Events are being held in Fleetwood next week to raise awareness of both the dangers posed by strokes, and the support available.
Freeport Fleetwood is to play host to two sessions on Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26, from 11am to 5pm.
As well as providing information and advice about strokes, still one of Britain’s biggest killer illnesses, blood pressure checks will be held throughout the day.
The sessions are being organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Fleetwood and Thornton Cleveleys, and the Stroke Association.
Fleetwood Rotarian, Gordon Oakes, said: “When we held a similar event last year, we managed to carry out about 160 blood pressure checks. To emphasise how important it is that people get themselves checked, a number of the people we checked last time had such high blood pressure, they had to be referred to their doctors. The frightening thing is that people can be walking around with very high blood pressure and not know it, and they could be at risk of having a stroke.
“This project is one of our health goals at Rotary and we just hope as many people as possible are able to take advantage of it. Thanks to Freeport Fleetwood, we should be able to speak to a good many shoppers.”
Every year there are approximately 152,000 stroke cases in the UK. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.
Jenny Gardner, of the Stroke Association, said: “We will give people information about how to try and prevent a stroke, and what help there is in the event of a stroke, such as practical and emotional support, access to support groups and help for carers.”