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Blood Pressure Association nominated for top charity award

The Blood Pressure Association (BPA) has been nominated for a major national prize at The Charity Awards 2008, the UK charity sector’s most prestigious award scheme.

Chosen from a long list of entries, the UK’s leading blood pressure charity has been shortlisted in the ‘Healthcare and Medical Research’ category for its work to increase awareness of blood pressure risks through its flagship campaign Know your Numbers!® Week.

The charity is hoping to pick up the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony in London on June 19 to be hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke and attended by celebrities including Claudia Winkleman, Prunella Scales, Terry Waite CBE, the Rt Hon David Blunkett and Lauren Laverne.

One in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure, the most common cause of premature death in the world through the strokes and heart attacks it causes. However, an estimated five million are unaware they are living with this silent killer because it has no obvious symptoms.

Seeing the need to increase awareness and improve access to free blood pressure checks, the BPA launched Know your Numbers! Week in 2001. The first event provided free blood pressure checks to 10,340 people at venues, called ‘Pressure Stations’, staffed by healthcare volunteers.

Know your Numbers! Week has since grown to become the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event. During Know your Numbers! Week last year, more than 253,000 people received free blood pressure checks at 2,755 Pressure Stations. Some 40 per cent of those tested had high blood pressure readings which needed further investigation, and almost a third of those with high readings had neither been told by the GP that they had this problem nor had their pressure checked in the last 12 months.

The judges praised the BPA for a "good, well-run campaign", and said that "for what they were spending and what they did it made quite an impact".

"The solution to achieving these objectives is to empower the patient with managing their own hypertension. These new factsheets will ensure that patients have the necessary information to do that, right from the point of diagnosis."

Sue Massey, the BPA’s Head of Communications and Marketing, who manages the event, said: "The Blood Pressure Association is a growing charity with a lot of ambition so we are delighted that our work on Know your Numbers! Week has been shortlisted in The Charity Awards."

Mark Hooley, BPA’s Projects and Marketing Officer, who organises Know your Numbers! Week, added: "We work hard to ensure the event goes from strength to strength but our success is also thanks to the efforts of thousands of health professionals and supporting organisations who help us to raise awareness and ultimately save lives."

Daniel Phelan, organiser of the Charity Awards 2008, said: "The Charity Awards is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and reward the fantastic work that takes place within the voluntary sector. By being shortlisted the Blood Pressure Association has already demonstrated that it is among the best-managed charities in the UK and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck on the night."

Notes to Editors:
For further information please contact:
BPA Press & PR Office on 020 8772 4993/4984

  • The Blood Pressure Association, the UK’s blood pressure charity, provides information and support to people with high blood pressure and raises awareness about prevention of the condition. 
  • Know your Numbers! Week 2008 is taking place from 8-14 September.
  • The Charity Awards 2008 is organised by Charity Finance, the leading business publication for the voluntary sector.

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