British Heart Foundation Thanks Dorset Residents
9:19am 29th July 2014
British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in Dorset have raised £449,000 in the past year to help fund life-saving research into heart disease thanks to Dorset residents.
It's enabled the BHF to fund 128 defibrillators, five healthcare professionals and life-saving diagnostic equipment, such as ECG machines and training manikins, in the county. The BHF also currently funds 19 Heartstart schemes in Dorset, 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.
Debbie Cheeseman, BHF Area Manager, says: “We’re truly overwhelmed with the ongoing generosity of the local community in Dorset. 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 Dorset without the support of the local community and we hope they will continue to support BHF shops for many years to come."
Around 1,123 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Dorset 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 year.
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.
To find out more about volunteering, visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer