Have a heart and join fund­ing group


THE Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion is call­ing on the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field to join a new fundrais­ing group.

Vol­un­teers are urged to join the fight against heart dis­ease by be­com­ing a mem­ber of a new group set to launch in the town to raise vi­tal funds for the char­ity’s re­search.

Around 46,000 peo­ple across Cheshire East are fight­ing a daily bat­tle with heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease. Each year th­ese dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tions claim the lives of more than 985 peo­ple in the bor­ough.

An­gela Stew­ard is the first Mac­cles­field group mem­ber and wanted to get in­volved af­ter her grand­son had open heart surgery at the age of nine, when doc­tor’s dis­cov­ered he had a con­di­tion called Aor­tic Steno­sis.

He is now 11 and lives life to the full, which in­cludes lots of cy­cling, hik­ing and fell run­ning.

An­gela said she feels she wants to give some­thing back by rais­ing money for the BHF.

She said: “My grand­son’s heart con­di­tion was a shock to us all but thanks to the amaz­ing work of the BHF he is now liv­ing a per­fectly nor­mal life and is more ac­tive than ever. He loves to show off his scar from his surgery and can even stick a mag­net to the top of his chest. He is a real char­ac­ter. So many peo­ple are af­fected by heart dis­ease and this group is a great way of sup­port­ing the BHF whilst hav­ing fun and meet­ing new peo­ple at the same time”.

BHF fundrais­ing groups are the face of the char­ity in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and do ev­ery­thing from run­ning fundrais­ing events, to sup­port­ing schools and lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­is­ing col­lec­tions.

Leah Good­hind, BHF fundrais­ing man­ager for Cheshire, said: “Heart dis­ease is heart­less. Too many lives are lost in Cheshire East each year, and we’re de­ter­mined to do ev­ery­thing we can to pro­tect more fam­i­lies from this dev­as­ta­tion.

“By start­ing up a fundrais­ing group you can help us fund the re­search that’s so des­per­ately needed to bring us closer to beat­ing heart dis­ease.

“To­gether we can save more lives, and it’s a fan­tas­tic way to meet new peo­ple and make a real dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity.”

The BHF has funded re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions for more than 50 years.

For in­for­ma­tion visit bhf.org.uk/lo­cal­fundrais­ing and to be part of the new fundrais­ing group con­tact Leah Good­hind on good­hindl@bhf.org.uk or call 07500 057015.

BHF Cheshire fundrais­ing man­ager Leah Good­hind (left) and Mac­cles­field fundrais­ing group mem­ber An­gela Stew­ard

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