World record bid

Debbie McCann is organising an attempt to smash a Guinness World Record to raise awareness about strokes

Debbie McCann is organising an attempt to smash a Guinness World Record to raise awareness about strokes

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HUNDREDS of Wigan people will be attempting a world record attempt with a difference.

Volunteers will take part in a chair-based exercise session in a bid to get into the famous Guinness book whiling raising awareness about a sudden and serious illness at the same time.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s (WLCT) Active Living Team will take over Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre for an afternoon dedicated to creating greater awareness about strokes, including what they are, how they strike and prevention techniques.

Event organiser Debbie McCann said: “The number of people in Wigan who have a stroke is slightly higher than the national average, which is why we want to improve people’s knowledge about the condition.

“Adopting a healthy lifestyle, stopping smoking and cutting down on drinking can really help to guard against stroke and at the event we’ll be telling people all about some of the great ways they can take action.

“Exercise is also really beneficial for people who have suffered a stroke as part of the recovery process.”

The team has joined forces with NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Stroke Association and Think Ahead Community Stroke Group to highlight what services and support are available for the borough.

Each year, one person every five minutes across the country suffer a stroke.

It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and brain cells are damaged or die.

The effects, which include slurred speech, numbness, paralysis and even loss of sight, can be immediate.

Wigan’s Director of Public Health Dr Kate Ardern is supporting the event.

She said: “This is a great fun way to find out more about this serious condition and how you can take positive steps to improve your own health and wellbeing.

“It could also be your chance to get into the history books by being part of an actual World Record attempt. I would urge as many people as possible to come along to Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre for a great time and to support something that can help us all.”

The event will take place on February 13 at Robin Park Sports Centre.

To volunteer contact 01942 488481 or email activeliving@wlct.org