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Debut health event success

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Emily Machin

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THE Patient Groups of the Cheadle Doctors Surgeries held a health event to raise awareness of the services and to promote good health on Monday, July 7, between 11am and 5pm at the Guild Hall, Tape Street, Cheadle.

The event was attended by more than 30 health, community and voluntary organisations.

Lisa Barker, the chairman of the group, said, "The reason I wanted to hold the event was to raise awareness so people would be able to ask for advice. In addition there was a regional Health Information Week for the West Midlands which tied in with the event. Many people nowadays don't get checked out or don't know where to go and get the information they require to get more details, so the health event helped these people. The day was successful considering it was the first time an event like this had been tried in the area. There was a great turn out from the following charities: Churnet Valley Community Responders, Home Link, Approach, Samaritans, NHSBT - blood donation, Stop4Life, Cheadle CAB, Age UK, Support Staffordshire, North Staffs carers, Beth Johnson, Macmillan, Alzheimer's group, Organ Donation, Severn Trent, Diabetes UK, Stroke Awareness, Staffordshire Moorlands cancer support group and Homestart had unmanned stalls with information. Cheadle's Fairtrade Group volunteers also helped out with refreshments.CVCR were taking Blood pressures and Diabetes UK were giving assessments. It was great to have a variety of stalls to network and share information. We would have liked to have seen more bodies through the door, but we were very grateful for those that came and had a look around. I would personally like to thank everyone who took the time out to help with canvassing, setting up and all the hard work that went into it. This couldn't have been done without everyone working together as a team. Currently there isn't any events coming up but in the future we will definitely host more health events."

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