Think Ahead to Raise Stroke Awareness across Borough

-Wigan based Stroke group announces second annual 'Raising Awareness Week'

Following the success of ‘Raising Stroke Awareness Week’ in 2012, Think Ahead Community Stroke Group is delighted to announce another series of public activities and events across the Wigan Borough that will highlight the dangers of Stroke and promote healthy lifestyles, beginning on Monday 6th May 2013.

Think Ahead’s Raising Stroke Awareness Week will tour a ‘Feel Well Truck’ across the Wigan Borough, visiting Ashton on Tuesday 7th May (10am till 4pm), followed by Wigan on Thursday 9th (10am till 4pm); which will feature a visit from the Mayor of Wigan from 10.30 am; and finally Leigh on Friday 10th (10am till 4pm) where Think Ahead Community Stroke Group’s patron and Leigh MP Andy Burnham will be visiting the truck.

Think Ahead’s Feel Well Truck will promote healthy living and provide information on Stroke prevention to the public. The Feel Well Truck will also feature free blood pressure testing and advice from NHS nurses, Health Trainers, the Smoking Cessation Team and Wigan Leisure Trust’s Active Living Team.

Throughout the course of Raising Awareness Week, the Wigan Evening Post will be running a series of personal features on the experiences of local people affected by Stroke. The five personal stories not only highlight the support of Think Ahead Community Stroke Group to its members, but also demonstrate the strength and conviction survivors show in the face of adversity.

Carol Sankey, Executive Manager at Think Ahead Community Stroke Group, said: “We’re very excited to once again run our Raising Stroke Awareness Week in Ashton, Wigan and Leigh in May. This is a great opportunity for the public to understand the affects of Stroke, and how through healthy living we can help prevent it. 

“It is estimated 1,000 people a year experience Stroke across Wigan and Leigh. However, if we live just a little more healthily we may cut down the number of cases by half.”

Carol continues: “Think Ahead Community Stroke Group wants to help those affected by Stroke – be they a survivor, a carer or a family member – to have as full a life as possible in the community. We hope that by raising awareness of both Stroke prevention and what Think Ahead can do for its members, we can do just that.”

For more information about Think Ahead, please visit: www.think-ahead.org.uk, telephone 01942 824888  or call into their new Stroke Information Centre at Ashland House, Manchester Road, Ince, Wigan, WN2 2DX.