Local MP calls for Basingstoke residents to support the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on the charity’s 60th birthday year.
Since launching on 28th July 1961, the BHF has funded ground-breaking discoveries, including the first UK heart transplant, pacemakers and genetic testing for inherited heart conditions.
Heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, and coronary heart disease is the biggest killer worldwide.
The last year has also been one of the toughest in the BHF’s history due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure that the BHF can continue to fund the next 60 years of breakthroughs, residents are being urged to join the charity’s Team 60. You can choose a charity challenge around the number 60 – from hosting a 60s themed party, running 60 miles over a month, or even taking on a 60-day challenge, the possibilities are endless.
Maria said: “Support and generosity of the public plays a vital role in BHF’s research and scientific breakthroughs to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases in the UK,
“After a difficult year the support of the local community is more vital than ever and I am urging Basingstoke residents to join the BHF’s Team 60 by taking on a charity challenge, making a donation or shopping with the BHF online or in store and help the BHF move a step closer to improving the lives of the 7.6 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK.”
To find out more about ways to support the BHF during its 60th year, visit bhf.org.uk/birthday
About the British Heart Foundation
July marks the BHF’s 60th birthday. As the UK emerges from the pandemic, the charity is calling for the public’s help to continue funding life saving heart and circulatory research by joining Team 60 and taking on a challenge of their choice. With donations from the public, the BHF funds ground breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world where broken hearts are mended, where millions more people survive a heart attack, where the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half. A world where people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need. And a world of cures and treatments we can’t even imagine today. We are backing the best ideas, the brightest minds and the biggest ambitions - because that’s how we’ll beat heartbreak forever. Find out more at bhf.org.uk