THE News Letter is throwing its weight behind a charity’s bid to “rock” the foundations of heart disease.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland is calling on people to organise an event or donate throughout February and help them continue their vital work locally.
Around 164,000 people are living with heart and circulatory disease in Northern Ireland.
BHF Northern Ireland has been working at the heart of the community for many years – and has invested more than £1.4 million in the last five years in local research at Queen’s.
The charity has also provided support to local heart nurses and trained thousands of school children in emergency life support skills.
Gary Wilson, volunteer fundraising manager, BHF Northern Ireland, said: “We are excited and proud that the News Letter is helping to promote Heart Month and hope that with the support of the newspaper, this year’s Heart Month will be the most successful to date.
“Heart Month kicked off in style when BHF Northern Ireland asked the country to ‘rock up in red’ on Saturday.
“But don’t worry if you missed it because you can ‘rock up in red’ throughout February to do your bit for Heart Month and raise vital funds.”
Also look out for interesting features and articles giving you an insight into what BHF Northern Ireland does in the fight against heart and circulatory disease.
BHF Northern Ireland has three “heart towns” – Coleraine, Omagh and Craigavon – where communities come together to help beat heart and circulatory disease.
They also benefit from BHF Northern Ireland’s range of resources and education programmes so that everyone can take steps to lead a healthy life.
Cookstown, Carrickfergus and Craigavon are also part of the ‘hearty lives’ programme.
People living in the poorest neighbourhoods will, on average, die several years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. Heart disease is a major cause of these premature death rates.
To get involved in Heart Month, visit www.bhf.org.uk, contact Gary on 028 686 33113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.