Well Pharmacy announced the results of its first official charity partnership with the Stroke Association. The partnership raised over £200,000.
Launching in January 2017, the key aim of the partnership was to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke, to encourage the general public to get their blood pressure checked and treated to reduce the risk of stroke.
By the end of the partnership in December 2018, 2,726 ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ events took place in their pharmacies, with Well Pharmacy teams completing over 86,000 blood pressure checks across the UK.
The partnership has also been shortlisted for ‘Partnership with a Health Charity’ at the Better Society Awards 2019.
Sophie Baldock, Engagement Manager at Well Pharmacy said:
“Over 15,000 people were referred to their GP following a blood pressure check at one of our pharmacies, and that could have saved their life. I would like to thank all our colleagues who made a real difference in the prevention of stroke in their communities.”
The partnership was also successful in raising over £200,000 to fund the vital work of the Stroke Association. Well Pharmacy’s Director of Transformation, Chris Ellett, also played a pivotal role in this achievement, completing 12 gruelling challenges in 12 months; and the company’s Healthcare Service Centre in Stoke-on-Trent raised a total of £17,000, earning them the Charity Fundraiser of the Year accolade at the company’s annual awards.
Juliana Oliver, Partnership Manager at the Stroke Association said:
“Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. High blood pressure is the biggest preventable risk factor for stroke but about 70% of people who have it are undiagnosed and untreated.
“Well Pharmacy has helped to change that, through their free blood pressure checks and potentially life-saving stroke prevention advice. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible because of the generosity of amazing supporters like Well Pharmacy and Chris Ellett. I’d like to personally thank the entire company for their wonderful work in tackling this huge health issue.”