How you and your Rotary Club can get involved
If your Rotary club would like to help us spread the word about the link between high blood pressure and stroke, register your event with us on a day that suits you. If you would like to plan your event for our national Know Your Blood Pressure Day then this will be on 14 April 2018.
Once you're registered, you'll receive our most up to date welcome pack, with our event guidelines and a materials order form enclosed. Our Rotary Promotional Toolkit and Rotary Social Media Guide include some handy tips for promoting your event both online and offline. Also, please use our pre-event press release to promote your event.
Your event must be registered in order to be covered by the Stroke Association's insurance. Our insurance certificates are valid from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018, the certificates for the renewed policy will be available from the 1 April 2018.
Make sure you have completed our safety checklist and download the Stroke Association's Employers Public and Products Liability verification letter and Medical Malpractice verification letter. These documents will be updated in the first week of April 2018.
High blood pressure is a contributing factor in around half of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Rotary, both in partnership with our local teams and independently, took over 23,000 blood pressures in 2016. Over 6,000 of those tested were advised to make an appointment with their GP to discuss their reading.
For every 10 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated - this is more than 5.5 million people in England alone. With Rotary’s support every year, we can reach those at highest risk with our important message.
Thank you to all Rotary Clubs who have held a Know Your Blood Pressure event during 2017 and to those planning an event for 2018. We are so grateful for your support.
2016 was our best year yet with nearly 2,000 events taking place across the UK. Rotarians held over 360 of those events with their clubs or in partnership with our local teams.
Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) are committed supporters of our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign and won a Life After Stroke Award in 2014 in recognition of this contribution. Together, the Stroke Association and RIBI have organised Know Your Blood Pressure events for thirteen years.
With the help of RIBI, the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign is helping to prevent stroke and save lives.
Having spent years volunteering to raise awareness of high blood pressure on behalf of the Stroke Association, in partnership with RIBI. I never thought that ultimately it would be me who needed the support.
You may believe that you lead a healthy lifestyle. Like me, you may not drink, smoke or have a history of high blood pressure. However, when I look back on my life before my stroke, I realise that not resting properly, combined with the stress of work and the pressure of always being on the move were all likely to be contributing factors to my stroke.
After my second stroke, I was left with a condition called aphasia, which made it difficult to communicate. Thanks to the ongoing help from the Stroke Association’s communication support programmes, I have now been able to regain most of my speech.
The Know Your Blood Pressure events held by the Stroke Association and Rotary help people to 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.
I urge anyone who does not know their blood pressure to get it checked. You may be how I used to be, and think that you’re living a healthy life, but you never know what might be around the corner.
Please get in touch if you have any queries about our campaign. Contact our prevention team by emailing email@example.com or call 01527 908918.