Health Awareness Day
Members of the club helped out with fund-raising for the British Red Cross by organising a ‘Stroke Awareness Day’ in May 2009.
Visitors to the Solar store at Combs Ford were offered the chance to have their blood pressure monitored on the spot by trained Red Cross volunteers.
The aim of the exercise was to raise public awareness of the potential risk of stroke and heart attack posed to those with high pressure.
More than a hundred members of the public – most of whom did not regularly pay any attention to their blood pressure – were tested during the day. Several were told that their levels were significantly above the advisable limits, while one person’s reading was so dangerously high that he was advised he should consult his doctor the very next day.