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Monitoring blood pressure

Help us buy 500 blood pressure home testing kits for sick adults living in poverty

BAME people are more likely to develop high blood pressure (hypertension), which increases the likelihood of severe Covid

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 According to the British Heart Foundation a person with high blood pressure (hypertension) is more likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19 than someone who doesn’t have hypertension

It is therefore important for people to monitor their blood pressure, especially if they have diabetes.

Although a person can get their blood pressure tested at a number of places (e.g. GP surgery, local pharmacy) this may involve travel expenses (e.g. bus fare) and/or getting time off work or child care.

In the UK nearly 50% of BAME people and almost 20% of White people live in poverty. Many people facing poverty may lack the time (e.g. due to work shifts or child care) or money (e.g. bus or taxi fare) to visit their local GP for a blood pressure test.

Furthermore, traveling (especially on public transport) may also increase the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Thus, a home testing kit may help save lives!

Testing at home

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People living in poverty may find it much easier to check their blood pressure themselves, using a home blood pressure monitor.

However, these monitors cost as much as £30.

We are therefore seeking donations to purchase 500 home blood pressure testing kits to distribute to people receiving Universal Credit and already suffering from diabetes and other long-term illnesses.

Since almost 50% of BAME people live in poverty, we hope to distribute at least 50% of the blood pressure kits to this community.

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Photo by Alex Green on


Any donation you can make will help save lives, by enabling us purchase home blood pressure testing kits for most vulnerable communities in Britain.

We are a UK-registered charity that promotes primary and secondary prevention activities in BAME people living in England and Wales, especially those diagnosed with diabetes and related illnesses. We are regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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