Health News | Wear it and Beat it with the British Heart Foundation | Andover & VillagesThe BHF is calling on residents from the South East to join the fight against heart disease and sign up to Wear it. Beat it. on Friday 9 June

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on everyone in the South East to join the fight against heart disease by wearing red and hosting a red-themed fundraising event on Friday 9 June to raise money for life saving research.

Around 936,000 people are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease in the region and these conditions claim the lives of around 21,000 people each year.

The BHF is helping to end the devastation caused by heart disease by funding around £100 million of cutting-edge research each year. In the South East alone, we currently fund around £83million of research into projects at Oxford University, Southampton University and Reading University. This includes Professor Hugh Watkins and his team’s study into testing new treatments for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), an inherited heart condition, where the muscle wall of your heart becomes thickened, making it harder to pump blood around the body. The research may be used to prevent the disease developing in family members who carry alterations in genes that cause HCM.

By signing up to Wear it. Beat it. on Friday 9 June, you can help power more life saving discoveries. Whether it’s at home, a school or at your workplace, don your favourite red garments and join the fun across the UK by organising a red-themed fundraising event. Whatever you choose to do, Wear it. Beat. It. is a great way to bring everyone together and help make a difference to millions.

Adrian Adams, Head of Mass Participation at the BHF, said: “We are calling on the people of the South East to help us make Wear it. Beat it. the biggest, reddest and best year yet. By joining thousands of people in wearing red and hosting a red-themed fundraising event, you will help us fund more pioneering research to support the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK.”

Last year more than 15,000 people took part in Wear it. Beat it. raising over £750,000. The BHF is calling for even more of you to get involved this year and help raise in excess of £1million for the charity’s heart research. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a free fundraising kit jam-packed with reddy-made ideas. Visit wearitbeatit.bhf.org.uk for more information or call 0300 330 0645.

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