On World Stroke Day on Wednesday, the Stroke Association staff and volunteers in Lynn have joined forces with the town’s Arts Centre, to help save the lives of local residents by offering free blood pressure checking from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.
The Stroke Association holds regular workshops at the Kings Lynn Arts Centre which bring together local stroke survivors to use art to aid in their recovery.
The event will raise awareness of stroke and also showcase the artwork by the local stroke survivors as they take part in their workshop.
Carmel Austin, coordinator from the Stroke Association in West Norfolk said: “High blood pressure has been called the ‘silent killer’ because many people do not realise they have it or how dangerous it can be.
“Getting your blood pressure tested is simple, there are no needles, we put an inflatable cuff on your arm and it is quick and painless. It is really important to get checked regularly as your blood pressure does change over time, taking control of it can reduce your risk of stroke.”
Liz Falconbridge, from the Art Centre Trust said, “The centre has been working with the Stroke Association, and previously Different Strokes, for many years.
“We have been delighted with all the amazing work done by the group over the years as they learn new skills, gain in confidence and meet new people.”