Knebworth ‘Help yourself to health’ event great success

Knebworth ‘Help yourself to health’ event great success

A ‘Help yourself to health’ community event welcomed over 100 members of the public to Knebworth Village Hall on Wednesday (24 July). Organisers handed out 40 litres of water and were very pleased so many people attended, despite the hot evening.

Organised by Knebworth and Marymead Patient Participation Group (PPG), the event raised awareness of the importance of early prevention and diagnosis of stroke and cancer. It also provided information on local activities and information available to local people.

The evening included a number of guest speakers:

  • Dr Mark Massyn, a stroke consultant who gave a talk on stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment
  • Joanie Scott, who runs a stroke support group, talked about her experiences with surviving a stroke and the importance of F.A.S.T.
  • Dr Julie Sharp, from Cancer Research UK, talked about the importance of early prevention and diagnosis of cancer
  • Brenda Davis spoke about her role as a trust member and patient governor at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Robert Newby from the surgery shared how patients can make the most of their GP consultation
  • Practice Manager Ken Spooner gave an update on the how the practice was performing and information on the progress of the building of the new surgery in St Martin’s Road.

Representatives included:

  • Images of the stalls at the Knebworth and Marymead Help yourself to health eventHertswise
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Carers in Herts
  • Herts Musical Memories
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • Age UK
  • Safety and Security in the home
  • Arrhythmia Alliance UK
  • Hertfordshire Health Walks
  • Parkrun Practice
  • Hertfordshire Fostering Service
  • Dementia UK
  • Stroke Association.

Joy Hall, who hosted the event, said:
“The evening was a great team effort by the PPG. I would like to express my thanks to all the speakers and stallholders for giving up their time to come. The Arrhythmia Alliance representative had a two hour drive back to Stratford upon Avon! 'Help yourself to health' has become an annual event which we hope to continue.”