Morecambe goalie is Stroke Saver

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MORECAMBE number one Barry Roche has joined goalkeepers from clubs across the North West to promote a new stroke awareness campaign.

Roche has signed up to the Stroke Saver campaign which is promoting the message that a stroke is a medical emergency and people should think FAST and call 999.

The campaign is also designed to encourage people to spot the signs of stroke and help save a life.

Barry said: “More than 4,000 people in Lancashire and Cumbria have a stroke every year and, contrary to popular myth, a stroke is not something that only happens to older people as about a quarter occur in the under-65s. It is essential people recognise a stroke when it’s happening and take prompt action.

“Delay increases the risk of death or major long-term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.

“I am delighted to back this campaign and hope Morecambe fans do their bit as well to become Stroke Savers.”

FAST – which stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time to call 999 – aims to make people aware of the signs of stroke.

Stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain after heart disease and cancer claiming the lives of one in eight women and one in 10 men.