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A thank you from the British Heart Foundation

Thanks to the overwhelming support from the #bniarmy, BHF shops across the county have received an impressive 61,763 bags of quality items, helping reach a nationwide target of more than one million bags!

More than 15,000 people die each year with cardiovascular disease in the South West, but with donations to Bag It. Beat It. campaign, the BHF will be able to fight harder to reduce this figure.

BHF shops offer a free collection service for donations that can be booked over the phone by calling 0808 250 0024, or online at bhf.org.uk/free. It’s never been easier to support the BHF’s fight for every heartbeat!

BHF shops are always happy to welcome more volunteers. To find out more about volunteering, go to bhf.org.uk/volunteer.

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “Today in the UK, around 480 people will go to hospital with a heart attack. About seven in ten will survive to return home. In 1961, when the BHF began, that would have been unthinkable. In those days the odds of survival, let alone recovery, from heart attack were poor.

“We led the fight to change that with pioneering research that paved the way for life-saving treatments. We’re not going to stand still and wait for progress to come. We’re going to drive the fight forward by expanding our research programme, accelerating discovery, and pushing for its translation into lifesaving benefits for all.”

Aims for 2016-2020:

  • Fund more vital research discoveries
  • Lead the fight to prevent more people developing cardiovascular disease
  • Help more people survive a cardiac arrest or heart attack
  • Ensure more people receive the best possible support, information and care
  • Deliver ambitious programmes of activity to grow our income
  • Listen, engage and influence our patients and key stakeholders
  • Run a world-class organisation




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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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