As Rotary in partnership with other organisations announce plans for a new series of Health (Stroke) Awareness Days between March and August, figures have been released on the number of people who have benefited since the project started in 2003.

The total number of people – from under 15 to over 85 – who have been seen at Health Awareness Day events in the Rotary district covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands, is over 18,000.

Last year 3,216 people were tested for blood pressure, blood glucose and pulse as well as given lifestyle advice.

Rotary say the project demonstrates the benefits of multi-organisational partnership working which operates across organisational boundaries to the benefit of the general public and the organisations and charities themselves.

Said Rotary Health Awareness Day lead Carol Reilly:

“We have demonstrated how working in collaboration with charitable organisations such as The Stroke Association and service organisations such as Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Services, Rotary can deliver sustainable benefits to all sectors in a cost-effective way.

“We are supporting, developing and integrating Rotary Health Awareness Days into every day practice of statutory, non-statutory and voluntary organisations across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands region.

“The model is suitable for use with many public events to enable health professionals to engage with large numbers of the public and promote multiple health messages, cost effectively in a receptive environment.”

Said Dr. Janet Lefroy, Stafford area event:

“As a GP I find that most people at risk of stroke and heart attack are not aware that they have high blood pressure or early diabetes.

 “Discovering and treating the risk factors reduce the risk.  So the check-ups which Rotary offer, help people to know whether they are at risk and need to see their GP.  I would like to thank Rotary for caring.”

Said Ian Thompson, paramedic and volunteer co-ordinator of the Bridgnorth district community first responder scheme:

“We were very happy to be part of a successful event and would like to thank Rotary Bridgnorth for inviting us to be involved.”

And in a ‘thank you,’ one patient told Rotary:

“You have saved my life.  I now have a healthy diet, I go to the gym twice a week and I feel good about myself.”

Added Carol Reilly:

“The success of the project can be seen from the level of public response – the numbers attending – as well as the expanding demand for the service, more venues across West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire and increasing numbers of statutory, non-statutory and voluntary organisations wishing to participate.”

The full list of participating Rotary clubs in this year’s event is below.