Does rugby make your blood boil?

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

RUGBY league fans are being urged to show their warrior spirit this evening by taking up the offer of a free painless blood pressure check at the DW Stadium.

Ahead of Stroke Awareness week, Wigan Warriors are backing the campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and possible causes of a stroke.

The Stroke Association will be on hand to give fans quick, free and painless blood pressure checks in the match build up and at half-time, at the Wigan Warriors home game against Salford City Reds this evening.

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane is a long-term supporter of the charity’s drive to raise awareness, as his father-in-law had a stroke. Shaun says: “Many of the players have experienced the often devastating effects of stroke within their own families. Stroke is one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of disability, so the Warriors are more than happy to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure event.

“On a personal note, my family was given lots of advice and emotional support by the charity’s Information, Advice and Support Service in Wigan. I’m pleased to be supporting this campaign.”

Elaine Pye, who works for the Stroke Association’s Information, Advice and Support Service in Wigan and Leigh, says: “High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke. Thousands of people don’t know their blood pressure level, so this is your chance to make sure you’re not one of them. We will be handing out information to raise awareness of the symptoms, causes and risk factors of stroke and referring those with high blood pressure to their GPs.”

See the Wigan Evening Post every day next week for more on Stroke Awareness Week. For information about local stroke services, contact Elaine 01942 775826 or email