Big hearts join the fight against disease

Heart patient Julie Hieatt raised �350 for British Heart Foundation
Heart patient Julie Hieatt raised �350 for British Heart Foundation

The town was painted red last Friday as Banbury businesses and individuals joined forces in support of the British Heart Foundation’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign.

The BHF asked people up and down the country to host a red-themed event on February 6 in support of the fight for every heartbeat.

And Banbury certainly answered.

Heart patient Julie Hieatt held a coffee morning at Ye 
Olde Reinedeer in Parsons Street and raised £350.

Julie, who has had six heart operations, five of which were in 2013, has always raised funds but it was her first attempt at a coffee morning. She said: “I got involved because I am a heart patient myself and I wanted to be able to help others like me.

“I had some support to organise the event and we had a lot of fun on the day.

“I am so proud to have raised £350 for the BHF and to have helped continue to fund the vital research needed to fight heart disease.”

The Style Bar also got involved with a Big Red Raffle, Ekko encouraged customers to join their ‘kissing wall’ , Sweet Celebrations hosted a ‘how many feathers in a feather boa’ competition and The Artery had a raffle and a red-themed art class.

Other Banbury businesses to get involved were Chilli Promotional Products, Butterflies Healthcare and Cherish Ceremonies who made donations.

Rachel Davis, fundraising manager at the BHF, said “A huge thanks to Banbury for their red-themed fundraising efforts.

“It has been fantastic to witness the UK rallying together and turning red in the fight against heart and circulatory disease. All money raised from Wear it. Beat it. will help us truly make a massive difference to the millions of people living with these conditions.”

Visit bhf.org.uk/heart month for information on how to keep your heart healthy.