The actress, best known for her role as Yolande in Eastenders, will be among 31 people putting their best feet forward to raise money for the Blood Pressure Association on Sunday 12 July.
It’s a charity close to Angela’s heart as she is one of the 16 million people in the UK who has high blood pressure – a serious but treatable health condition which is major risk factor for stroke, heart attack and heart disease.
People of African Caribbean descent are particularly vulnerable to high blood pressure – almost 45 per cent of African Caribbean men and 40 per cent of African Caribbean women are affected by it.
“I really want to raise awareness about this condition,” said Angela. “I was diagnosed with high blood pressure when I was 35 years old. I was doing a TV show and when I went for a routine medical, I was shocked to be told my blood pressure was high. Other than the odd headache, I had no symptoms.”
Angela was put on emergency medication to bring her blood pressure under control and then monitored by her doctor.
“I concentrated on having a healthy diet and lifestyle, eating plenty of West Indian fruit and vegetables such as green papaya and white cho cho, and for years I was fine,” she said.
“But about ten years ago my sister was diagnosed with cancer and I supported her throughout her chemo treatment. Just as she came to the end of the treatment my blood pressure went through the roof. I was put on medication again and have been ever since. I am pleased to say that my blood pressure is now under control.
“It’s such a common condition, particularly in the African Caribbean community – both my parents have high blood pressure too – but not enough people take it seriously and there’s so much you can do to keep it healthy.”
“The Blood Pressure Association has lots of information about medicines, diet and exercise. When you’re first diagnosed you have so many questions, and they have a great information line so that people can talk to a nurse about any concerns or worries.
“I want to raise as much as I can for the Blood Pressure Association so I hope that everyone will donate what they can.”
Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Angela will be running on our behalf – funds raised from events like the British 10K London Run make a huge difference to the work the BPA can undertake to help more people take control of their condition.
“We wish Angela and all our runners the very best of luck and will be cheering them along their way.”
The British London 10K gives 26,000 runners the chance to see famous London landmarks such as the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral from a totally different perspective as they complete the 10K route. The race begins at Hyde Park Corner and runners will pass the finish line at Horse Guards, Whitehall.
You can support Angela and help her to raise money for UK charity the Blood Pressure Association by visiting: www.justgiving.com/Angela-Wynter