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Join the fight against brain haemorrhages with charity ‘lunch and learn’ events

Manchester-based charity, The Natalie Kate Moss Trust are hoping to raise awareness around the importance of managing your blood pressure.

They want to highlight the role it plays in causing brain haemorrhages by reaching out to businesses and organisations for ‘lunch and learn’ sessions.

Focusing on ensuring a tragedy didn’t happen in vain, The Natalie Kate Moss Trust was set up in 2012 by the Moss family following the sudden death of Natalie at the age of 26 after an unexpected brain haemorrhage.

They now work with Manchester University (of which Natalie was an alumnus) to fund groundbreaking research to treat brain haemorrhages whilst educating and empowering more people with the right information to prevent them before they happen.

The Charity says that unfortunately, brain haemorrhages are far too prevalent, with 3 million people a year dying from them and only three of five people surviving within one month of having one.

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust will be running a stand at The Pink Link Summer Regional Event on Friday 11th August at Blackburn Cathedral.

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust

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With 2 out of 5 people dying within one month of having a brain haemorrhage – a stat which hasn’t changed in 40 years – in contrast to many other diseases, The Trust say that it’s absolutely vital that they find better treatment to support people after a brain haemorrhage.

They are helping to raise funds for research at Manchester University into brain haemorrhage.

By joining forces with Manchester University, we support groundbreaking research into Strokes.

Their vision is to improve outcomes after a brain haemorrhage.

Since 2012, through the fundraising of the Natalie Kate Moss Trust, there have been significant advances in the research at Manchester University as funding has increased year after year.

A recent breakthrough from Dr Adrian Parry Jones has found a new treatment which improves survival rates at one month by 10%, this is currently being tested across the north-west and if the results continue, it will be rolled out across the whole of the UK, which would be a phenomenal breakthrough.

A spokesperson from the charity said: “Through doing this work, we have found that a lot of people don’t see checking their blood pressure as a priority and therefore don’t do it.

“Moreover, they aren’t aware of the risk factors, they aren’t sure how to check it or when and thereafter what they should even be checking.

“However, unfortunately, this lack of clarity and education is leading to 10 million deaths a year due to high blood pressure, including brain haemorrhage.
“But we live in an age where we can manage blood pressure, so many of these deaths shouldn’t be happening and could be prevented.
“Things have to change, and this is the mission we are on.
“We have found that these lunch and learns are a great way to speak directly to people, to hear their concerns, to help them understand the importance of checking their blood pressure and help them to make important changes in their life regarding their blood pressure.”

Preventing Brain haemorrhages

Whilst the Natalie Kate Moss Trust and Manchester University hope to continue to see improvements in treatment, they want to prevent brain haemorrhages from happening in the first place.

Their focus from now on is towards ‘preventing the preventable’, by encouraging people to get their blood pressure checked.

We know that high blood pressure is the leading cause of lifestyle-related brain haemorrhages, however, unfortunately, 1/3 of the average population has high blood pressure, with 50% of those people undiagnosed.

Many believe that high blood pressure only affects older people, but the age group 16-35 has the highest percentage of undiagnosed cases of hypertension proportionally to the number of cases.

Moreover, a large percentage of those who are undiagnosed would not show any health concerns and would self-diagnose themselves as being in good health, not obese and not smoking.

This lack of understanding leads to a significant lack of monitoring, leaving millions of people walking around unaware of the significant risks that they are carrying to their health and their life.

Changing the Narrative Around Brain Haemorrhages

We therefore need to change the narrative and educate and empower more people to monitor and manage their blood pressure, something which can easily be done, in order to Prevent the Preventable.

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust are now supporting companies and groups in Manchester, for free, to deliver ‘Lunch and Learn’ style sessions, to discuss the importance of checking blood pressure, whilst educating their employees on the facts so that they feel empowered to not only check their blood pressure more often but also to manage it correctly through their lifestyle.

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust

If you would be interested in the Natalie Kate Moss Trust supporting your company and your employees with this session please email them at [email protected]

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