Fans Asked to Take Healthy Interest

Queen’s Park FC is joining forces with leading pharmacy chain M&D Green and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to encourage fans to take a healthy interest in some vital numbers.

The Club is running an awareness day at the fixture on 1st October against Raith Rovers.

The “Know Your Numbers” event aims to encourage fans to get their blood pressure checked and be aware of the importance of this.

Stations around the stadium will be set up pre match by trained M&D Green staff to allow fans to be checked.

The Spiders have invited young Scarlett Dougan, who was born with a rare heart condition, to the game as guest of honour.

Head of Commercial Kieran Koszary said: “We are delighted to work with our partners at M&D Green on this important health promotion along with the British Heart Foundation. Blood pressure checks, carried out by trained pharmacy staff, are an excellent chance for fans to check some vital health numbers and can help to save lives, and the more people we can encourage to take part the better.”

M and D Green Group Area Manager Campbell Thomson said: “Blood pressure readings give an important indicator on your cardiac and overall health. Regular readings are advised. This is the only way to identify problems since symptoms of high blood pressure are rarely noticeable. We are delighted to work with the BHF and QP to deliver this potentially lifesaving service their support.”

Scarlett, along with her brothers will be mascots on the day and she will also design a warm up t shirt that the players will wear on the day. She and her family will also enjoy matchday hospitality.

Scarlett, who is 10 years old, was born with a complex congenital heart condition, hypoplastic right heart syndrome. Most babies with this condition are diagnosed before birth but Scarlett’s condition wasn’t discovered until she was more than four months old. She needed to have urgent, major surgery, and has since had a number of other operations. There is currently no cure for Scarlett’s condition and she may require a heart transplant when she is older.

The Dougan family are huge supporters of the BHF and over the years have helped to raise thousands of pounds for the charity’s life saving research.

Lyndsay Anderson, BHF Scotland Fundraising Manager, said: “We are very grateful to Queen’s Park FC, our charity partner M and D Green Group and Scarlett and her family for their support and for helping to raise awareness of the importance of regularly checking your blood pressure.

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke but it rarely has any symptoms. That is why it’s so important to get your blood pressure checked. Knowing your blood pressure, knowing your numbers, could help save your life.”

Partner Details
M & D Green Group
Established in 1996, the M & D Green Group is a family owned, independent pharmacy chain which incorporates M & D Green Dispensing Chemists, Penmans Pharmacy and T. McLean & Sons. With 30 pharmacies throughout Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Forth Valley, Lothian and Inverness-shire, we are ideally positioned to provide an extensive and personalised service to patients in central Scotland.

British Heart Foundation
Around 700,000 people in Scotland are living with the daily burden of heart and circulatory diseases. We want to beat heartbreak for Scotland by continuing to fund life saving research to find better ways of diagnosing, treating and ultimately curing them.

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