IN the build up to World Thrombosis Day, basketball players from the Bristol Flyers joined the Devizes NHS Treatment Centre’s drive to highlight the condition, which kills more than 25,000 a year.

The centre’s pharmacist, Stephane Jaglin, is taking on a bike challenge in order to fundraise for Thrombosis UK, supporting those who suffer with the illness. He will be cycling between the Emersons Green and Devizes NHS Treatment Centres, encouraging scientists to find a solution.

The team gave the centre tickets for a match to sell in an auction or use as a raffle prize to help the fundraising for the illness.

World Thrombosis Day on Saturday is being held to encourage people to fundraise and spread awareness of the condition, which happens when blood clots in the body cause illness.

Mr Jaglin said: “Clots can affect the healthiest of people, even top-class athletes, but we hope by raising awareness of simple steps you can take, and by raising funds for research, we will be able to cut the damage caused.”