High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for strokes in the UK.
Most of the time it is symptomless, meaning there is no way of knowing unless you have it checked.
Rotary clubs have been holding events with the support of Stroke Association volunteers for many years so that members of the public can be tested in a quick, easy and painless, but importantly free way.
Know Your Blood Pressure (KYBP) days help people to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke and provide support if further steps are required.
Rotary has been supporting the cause for over 15 years and will continue to make use of local facilities such as church halls, shopping centres and leisure centres when providing this service.
You can find your nearest event by searching the map here or discover how to set-up your own event here. Stroke Association brings it back to basics, summarising the key steps to spearheading a KYBP event in your area.
For further information, contact the Stroke Association’s team by email or call 01527 908918.
Browse some of successful the KYBP events from around Great Britain and Ireland
Two clubs in Scotland joined efforts to provide the community with a free service. Together with health volunteers, they welcomed the public to the stand to receive a health check.
Both Rotary Club of Perth and Rotary Club of Edinburgh are joining forces with us to carry out Know Your Blood Pressure testing events tomorrow, Go to The Gyle in Edinburgh to get yours tested or the Salvation Army shop in Perth. pic.twitter.com/4qAhqqc2f3
— StrokeAssocScotland (@StrokeScotland) April 5, 2019
Over in Anglesey, the Rotary Club of Henllys saw the benefit from previous years as many visitors explained they were checking at home or with doctors! The team also guided new guests to receive a free check if they wished.
Loads of Blood Pressure checks were carried out Saturday!
Less than last year because lots of people are already checking their blood pressure at home so “Blood Pressure Awareness” is increasing! Also well done to Max Pippen for walking around Cwmbran with the poster board! pic.twitter.com/4eBSlwZA0v
— Rotary Club of Henllys (@OfHenllys) April 18, 2019
Joining the clan, Ipswich Rotary set-up a stand in the local shopping centre attracting the public to stop by.
— Suffolk User Forum (@SUFmentalwealth) April 1, 2019
Hadleigh Castle Rotary jumped on the bandwagon of inviting the community to their event at Morrisons. Many busy shoppers stopped for a few minutes to gain more information.
Get your blood pressure checked tomorrow at Morrisons to make sure it is healthy pic.twitter.com/wjaknEHnZL
— HadleighCastleRotary (@HCRotary) April 12, 2019
Rotary members in Oxford Spires club set-up a stand in the town to bring the importance of a check to the attention of shoppers. They have decided to share the responsibility within the community by inviting the nearby club to join in.
— Oxford Spires Rotary (@OxfordSpires) April 14, 2019
Rotaractors joined Rotary members in London to encourage more people to receive a free blood pressure test! The day was a success as the stand caught the attention of passersby.
— Rotaract Wandsworth (@RotaractWands) April 13, 2019
Rotary members near Manchester found the public waiting patiently to receive a free health check after hearing that stroke symptoms can be none existent for many.
Stroke awareness day in the Millgate today. People are queuing up to have their blood pressure checked. pic.twitter.com/SyoRPo5ZKO
— Radcliffe Rotary (@RadcliffeRotary) April 13, 2019
Wigston Rotary set-up in Sainsburys, attracting many families, students and people of all ages.
— LoveOadby (@LoveOadby) April 16, 2019
At a busy shopping centre just outside of London, Windsor St George Rotary were offering free blood pressure checks in the hope to minimise the risk of strokes.
— Windsor St G Rotary (@WindsorRotary) April 13, 2019