Boro offering free blood pressure checks to supporters on Saturday

Scarborough Athletic FC and The Rotary Club of Scarborough are joining forces on Saturday to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure.

As Boro face Colwyn Bay on the pitch, off the field there will be the opportunity for all supporters to take a moment to have a FREE blood pressure test in the clubhouse at the Flamingo Land Stadium.

Starting before the match at 1pm right through to long after the final whistle at 6pm, members of the Rotary Club will be handing out leaflets and encouraging fans to have their blood pressure checked by medical practitioners and offer any relevant advice. 

The ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ event is held annually by Rotary and The Stroke Association to help people understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke, other risk factors and what they can do to reduce their risk of having a stroke.

Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure and it is estimated that over five million people across the UK don’t realise they have the condition.

Trevor Bull, Chairman of Scarborough Athletic, said: “We’re delighted to be linking up with the Rotary Club of Scarborough to give our supporters the opportunity to get their blood pressure checked on Saturday. This campaign is important to the football club as several players over the years have suffered strokes at very young ages, including one of our former players Dean Lisles. Only last week a non-league manager in the south of England suffered a stroke during a game. Taking a blood pressure test only takes a moment, and it’s such a simple way to reduce your risk of a stroke.”

Alexis Kolodziej, Deputy Director for Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and it’s much more common than people think. That’s why we’re urging as many supporters as possible to take a moment and have theirs checked as part of the Rotary Club event at the Scarborough Athletic match on Saturday. A blood pressure check is quick, easy and painless, and it could save your life.”

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