Stewart Anderson from Wigtown had a stroke seven years ago.

The effects were utter exhaustion with balance issues as well as difficulties with emotions.

Stewart started volunteering with the Stroke Association because he was determined to spread the message about stroke particularly in relation to stroke prevention and stroke awareness.

He has been trained  to take blood pressures and next Wednesday May 3 is setting up a stall at Morrisons in Stranraer to take people’s blood pressures from 10am – 2pm.

He is calling on shoppers and anyone who is around or near the area to pop along and get their blood pressure taken.

Stewart said: “Not everyone knows a stroke can happen to anyone – even children and babies – but it is preventable and it is treatable. Up to 90% of strokes are preventable and high blood pressure is the biggest preventable factor. You don’t know if you have high blood pressure – there are no symptoms so that’s why you need to get it checked.”

So please go along and get your blood pressure checked. It’s a quick and painless test and you’ll be glad to know what your numbers are and learn more about stroke.

For more information on strokes click HERE.