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Spectators at the final two England-Australia One-Day Internationals at Headingley and Old Trafford are being encouraged to take advantage of free health checks during the day's play.

Headingley hosts the fourth ODI on Friday 11th September, where Yorkshire Cancer Research will be offering free health checks, including a body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure check.

At Old Trafford two days later, thanks to a partnership between the Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation and Heart Valve Voice, spectators can have a heart valve disease check up.

Headingley - Yorkshire Cancer Research - 11th September

Yorkshire Cancer Research’s free health checks will take place at the charity’s stand between the ‘We Are England’ stand and the Headingley Lodge hotel entrance.

For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research please visit www.ycr.org.uk

Yorkshire Cancer Research are working alongside Yorkshire County Cricket Club throughout the 2015 season to raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it.

"Our partnership with Yorkshire Cricket has opened so many avenues for us to develop our reach around the county," Charles Rowett, CEO at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said.

"This large international event is a fantastic way for us to round off our first year together and for Yorkshire Cancer Research to help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer."

Free UV wristbands and sunscreen will be given out to help spectators stay safe in the sun. The wristbands turn purple when they detect UV rays from the sun, reminding children and parents to apply and reapply their sunscreen.

Old Trafford - Heart Valve Voice - 13th September

Anyone attending the match and aged over 65 years old can book a heart valve disease check-up by emailing Heart Valve Voice at [email protected] 

Former England internationals David Lloyd and Mike Gatting are among those supporting Heart Valve Voice's drive to raise awareness about the disease.

Heart valve disease affects up to 13 per cent of the UK's over-65 population but awareness of the disease and its symptoms are low. Heart Valve Voice are aiming to change this with a series of free check-ups at sporting venues, such as this one during the fifth and final ODI.

Old Trafford follows other venues such as Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road, home of Heart Valve Voice's founder Dario Gradi.

David 'Bumble' Lloyd said: "When it comes to heart valve disease, it seems that if you miss it, you're out."

Gatting added: "It's hugely important to monitor your heart health. If you're out of breath walking up stairs or often feel dizzy, you should get to your doctor and get your heart checked!

"Heart Valve Voice are doing a wonderful job and it's great to see them supporting the cricket community."

Ben Bridgewater, Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital of South Manchester, and the Chair of Heart Valve Voice commented: "The sad thing is that many of these people do not seek medical help and are unaware that if they visited their GP early for diagnosis, the chances of being successfully treated and returning to a normal, good quality life are very high."

Australia celebrate the wicket of Alex Hales

Enjoy the action as England take on Australia and take advantage of free health checks this weekend
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