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A hair-raising Friday 13th for BPA supporter, Matthew

‘Plucky’ Gosport man, Matthew Webb had a ripping time on Friday 13th having his chest waxed to raise money for the Blood Pressure Association.

Matthew 26, a sales-rep and keen sportsman is only too aware of the devastating effects of high blood pressure. Some years ago his grandfather died as a result of a heart attack and recently a close friend and colleague suffered a stroke.

High blood pressure is responsible for 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks, resulting in needless deaths and disability.

Around 16 million people in the UK have it, and it is estimated that a third of these are unaware of the fact so are not taking any steps to reduce it.  

The Blood Pressure Association is the only UK charity dedicating to supporting people with high blood pressure and their work relies upon the support of people like Matthew.

Matthew said,

“I was quite apprehensive beforehand and was told I looked quite scared. I’m not going to say it didn’t hurt at times because it did, sometimes I was even holding onto the side of the bed doing quite a bit of wincing.”

And on whether he would do it again,

“It is not something I would do again in a hurry but I would never rule it out!”

Blood Pressure Association Chief Executive, Paul Newman said,

“We are enormously grateful to Matthew for what he has done to support us. We are a small charity with a big job to do in making people aware of the dangers of high blood pressure and supporting those who are sufferers. 

“We rely on our membership to keep going and on the kind donations of people like Matthew. A sponsored chest wax is a brave way to raise money. Many thanks Matthew; I hope it didn’t sting too much!”

Anyone wishing to support Matthew should visit:

For a free information pack, with information on how to join the Blood Pressure Association, please visit or call the BPA on 0208 772 4994.


Notes to Editors:

  • For further information, please contact Claire McLoughlin at the Blood Pressure Association’s Press Office on 0208 772 4992 or email
  • The Blood Pressure Association is the UK’s leading blood pressure charity, providing information and support to people with high blood pressure and raising awareness about the prevention of the condition. For more information visit or call 020 8772 4994.


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