Seven million people in the UK live with heart and circulatory diseases, and these are responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths.
75p of every pound raised goes direct to funding research on heart and circulatory diseases, and the risk factors that cause them.
We asked our clients to nominate a charity this year and BHF was chosen. BHF was nominated by a client who has experience of the great work they do. In 2013 he was, somewhat fortunately, attending hospital for an angiogram when he went into cardiac arrest. He was judged to be suitable for a defibrillator and was rushed into intensive care where he had the defibrillator fitted. Without the work that BHF do in researching treatment of heart diseases, the alternative doesn’t warrant thinking about. For the last five years, he has volunteered for BHF to give back what he can and in his words, “this is a charity which is very dear to my heart” (he knows we all groaned at this!)
As well as being nominated by a client, BHF is also a cause close to Nicola’s heart (excuse the pun again!), with her father having been diagnosed with heart failure in 2017. Nicola says "Dad was very, very unwell and things were really not looking very hopeful at all - what life he had was pretty miserable and he had little or no energy to complete even the most basic of day-to-day things. But, thanks to Dr Simon Fynn and his team at Papworth Hospital and a procedure with too long a name to repeat, he is a very different person today, leading a life that is almost unrecognisable. We've got our Dad back and he has a life to look forward to. It's thanks to continuing research by organisations like the British Heart Foundation that people like my Dad get a second chance, so I and the rest of the team at Jane Smith Financial Planning are very happy to be supporting them."
On the 20th September 2019, we are closing the office at 12pm and setting off on a 25 kilometre walk. We haven't yet finalised the exact route but it will be in the local area.