Heart Foundation raises £30k in Harrogate

Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby with James Stewart, Anita Hawker and guest speaker Dr Alistair Ingram.

Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby with James Stewart, Anita Hawker and guest speaker Dr Alistair Ingram.

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The Harrogate committee of the British Heart Foundation has announced it raised £30,000 in the last year.

The figure was given at the annual general meeting at Harrogate Hospital.

The committee raised the vital funds through in memoriam donations and activity such as supermarket collections, a junior golf tournament, and a bridge tournament.

During the AGM the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Michael Newby gave BHF long service awards to BHF volunteers Mel Clark and Bob Stirzaker.

Following the election of officers Dr Alistair Ingram, chairman of the Harrogate & Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group, gave a talk to volunteers and supporters.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer.

For over 50 years the BHF has pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

This work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need help.

From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. The BHF is urging everyone to join their fight “for every heartbeat in the UK”.

A BHF spokesman said: “Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives.”

His Honour James Stewart QC, BHF Harrogate committee chairman added: “I am delighted to announce the committee’s fundraising achievement and to thank our volunteers and supporters for their on-going commitment to the cause.

“The BHF can only continue its lifesaving and lifechanging work thanks to money raised through BHF committees, companies, schools, and friends and family fundraising.

“The BHF Harrogate committee is made up of local volunteers and we are always looking for high calibre volunteers to join our team.”

To find out more about the BHF Harrogate Committee, or supporting the BHF through volunteering, fundraising or corporate support, contact BHF fundraising manager for Harrogate Sharon Oakley on 01904 270 776 or email oakleys@bhf.org.uk

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