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Church helps hundreds with free healthchecks

PUBLISHED: 16:56 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:56 29 July 2015

Worshippers  from the Gateway Chapel

Worshippers from the Gateway Chapel

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Shoppers had blood pressure and glucose tested

Christians from an Erith church helped hundreds of people on Saturday with health advice and even free equipment.

Worshippers from Gateway Chapel offered blood pressure, blood glucose and lung function checks to shoppers in Bexleyheath town centre and offered advice on preventing diabetes, lung disease, liver disease and prostate cancer.

And in some cases it may have unearthed a genuine problem – one in six of those who had their blood pressure or blood glucose checked gave a reading of sufficient concern for them to be advised to see their doctor.

The team even gave 150 people blood glucose monitors to take home – sponsored by health firm iCare Medical – and experts from Diabetes UK were on hand to offer advice.

Some 200 more were given gift bags with literature and the Gateway Chapel magazine.

The church has been working with the Stroke Association, Diabetes UK, the British Lung Foundation, the British Liver Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK on the project.

John Toju Ogbe, Gateway Ministries’ minister in charge of community outreach projects, said: “At the moment England carries the burden of many non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, type II diabetes, liver disease and some forms of cancer including lung and skin cancer – all of which are largely preventable.

“We will also be using this opportunity to promote NHS checks and childhood flu immunisation.

“Our aim is to take a more active role in the betterment of our community, both immediate and wider.

“It was a really good turnout, we were warmly received and people really did make use of the free information available.”

22 comments

  • Gateway Chapel is doing some amazing things in the community and this is just one of many programmes this church has put together this year. This particular project was put together with help from medical professionals in the church as well as other experts from other healthcare charities. We are making the church relevant in our community! Way to go church - Proud to be a part of GWC.

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    A Osibeluwo

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • It was a great event - successful and well put-together. Members of the Bexley community could believe the checks on the day were free! Well done Gateway Chapel

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    Tobi Awoyemi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Very happy with the turn out. The day was a success and I'm proud to be part of this church that always looks out for the community.

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    John Ogbe

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Awesome, this is what the church is all about, helping others. Absolutely proud of the doctors and nurses in the house.

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    Buki Sobanjo

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Brilliant Church that is always looking out for their community and embracing it's core values of fun friendship fellowship and family.

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    Tsema Ogbe

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Brilliant way of giving back to the community. A lot of very useful tips on health and wellbeing - many people are unaware of the basics of good health; but the members came out to share their wealth of information and advice. Fantastic.! Truly a blessing to the community at large. Hope we're back next summer.

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    Kenn Obi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Wonderful initiative by the church aligned with the medical professions. Gateway are always looking to raise awareness and offer support where their may be a need in the community. I'm sure the efforts will have opened many eyes and mind sets regarding their health.

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    Gavin Rose

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Wonderful initiative! Would be good if more institutions played such a prominent role in their local communities. Kudos.

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    T2

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • This was fun to be a part of and to get free health check like the ones that were available was stellar. I'm really glad to be part of a church family that cares so much about being relevant and helping out in the local community. It was really great to be useful in a physical way.

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    Midé Oguns

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Couldn't get the lung tester above the 550 mark and was advised to do more exercise. It was an amazing day...thanks to a Church that cares about her community

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    Femi Asogbon

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Great day out with the family. Had all the test done on the day and I was given lots of useful health and diet advice. Well done to Gateway chapel and all the charities that were involved on the day for organizing a friendly and fantastic health awareness day Emmanuel

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    akinshyngle

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Now that's what Christianity is all about, giving back to community, care, love, sharing. Way to go Gateway Chapel ! We need more like you.

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    Olu

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • I applaud this and am also very proud to belong to such a great assembly. This the our 2nd year running where we have done this community outreach. This is a church that cares for its immediate community and shows it. Well done gateway chapel!

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    Opé Bamgbala

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Saturday was fun, lots of good old community vibes. As a young person, I've never bothered with blood pressure or sugar levels, but it was good to check and get advice on how to maintain the healthy levels I had :) Oh... And the neddle didn't even hurt!!

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    Leine-Marie O'Kenze

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Forgot to mention in my previous comment, you didn't even need an appointment. That was easier than getting an appointment with the GP!

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    Femi Awoyemi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Got a free glucose checker, lung test and blood pressure check. And some good old advise about how I need to exercise more!!! Thanks to all the health professionals and charities who supported the day MOT done!

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    Femi Awoyemi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Amazing day.. had my lungs checked and found the expert advice about prostate cancer very useful... glad to be part of the day...

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    Tasie Amadi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Now that's a church that truly cares and is relevant to the local community. Way to go.

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    DJ SOBANJO

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Such a great help! I've never had my lungs or glucose levels checked so this was a great experience and the expert advice from the charities really helped too! A truly great and loving act by Gateway Chapel!

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    Whitney Oladeinde

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Excellent work

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    Tunde Ogunlesi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • These guys are amazing! I was there on Saturday and had my lungs and glucose level checked for free. I rarely have time to visit my GP regularly so having this opportunity was indeed a blessing. Very grateful for this initiative from Gateway chapel to their community.

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    Bossman

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Great initiative! This selfless act could be the difference in preserving lives....really privileged to be a part of this. Special thanks to the medical professionals who came along to offer their expertise on the day, only God can reward you & He will. God bless

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    Segs Adegabi

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

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