by Ray Duffill
On Saturday, September 3, a presentation night was held at the Nag’s Head in Preston by the Preston Community Group show committee.
Committee members presented a cheque to Holderness Health for £1,300 following money raised at the show held at the beginning of August. These funds will be used to purchase blood pressure monitoring equipment for patient use.
According to the British Heart Foundation, high blood pressure affects more than one in four adults in England and is the second biggest risk factor for premature death and disability.
Improvements in tackling blood pressure in the past decade have prevented or postponed many thousands of deaths, but at present only four in 10 of all adults with high blood pressure are both aware of their condition and managing it to the levels recommended.
Barbara Mendham, from the Preston Community Group, said: “The new machines will enable home monitoring to support diagnosis and management of hypertension.
“It is commonly known that untreated high blood pressure can cause strokes and heart attacks. It is hoped by providing this essential equipment many patients will benefit.”
Preston Brownies also received £200 support from the show funds raised. And £200 was also donated to the Preston-based branch of PATT (Plant a Tree Today) charity.