BRITISH Heart Foundation shops in Cheshire have raised £1,160,000 in the past year to help fund life-saving research into heart disease.
The charity say those who have donated items, bought goods or given their time to volunteer have all contributed to the Cheshire shops’ success.
The amount has enabled the BHF to fund 151 defibrillators, five healthcare professionals and life-saving diagnostic equipment, such as ECG machines and blood pressure monitors, in the area.
The charity also currently funds 51 Heartstart schemes in Cheshire, which teach emergency life support and CPR training in local schools and businesses.
All BHF shops have an in-store community board with information on local events, nearby heart support groups and British Heart Foundation leaflets and information.
These will soon also be available in all Furniture & Electrical stores.
Jacqui Webb, BHF area manager, said: “We’re truly overwhelmed with the ongoing generosity of the local community in Cheshire. We’re so grateful to all our supporters and want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.
“People often don’t realise that the sofa or dress they donate to or buy from their local BHF shop actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in their local hospital to a community heart support group.
“We couldn’t fund this life-saving equipment or research in Cheshire without the support of the local community and we hope they will continue to support BHF shops for many years to come.”
About 1,213 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Cheshire every year, but with continued support from local people, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure. CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer, causing approximately 74,000 deaths in the UK every year1.
BHF shops are located in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Widnes, Winsford and Warrington and sell anything from clothes, shoes and handbags to CDs, DVDs and books. There is a BHF furniture and electrical store in Warrington which sells items such as sofas, dining tables, beds, wardrobes, TVs and fridges.
BHF shops offer a free collection service for donations that can be booked over the phone by calling 0800 915 3000, or online for larger furniture and electrical items at bhf.org.uk/free. It’s never been easier to support the BHF’s fight for every heartbeat.