Spread the Red in the Fight for Every Heartbeat

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British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland urges local people to Spread the Red to help support over 2,800 people currently living with heart and circulatory disease in Ballymoney.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland is urging the people of Ballymoney to Wear it. Beat it. on the 6 February 2015 and join the country in the fight for every heartbeat. One in four of our loved ones are lost to heart and circulatory disease every year in Northern Ireland.

Shockingly, 65 people in the Ballymoney council area die each year as a result of this disease and this is why BHF Northern Ireland is asking Ballymoney to show their support by wearing red and hosting an event to raise money for lifesaving research.

Currently, there are around 2,800 people living in Ballymoney with heart and circulatory disease. These worrying statistics show that the people of Ballymoney need the help of BHF Northern Ireland, from babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure.

This year, Northern Ireland was part of raising over £1 million during the February BHF’s UK wide Ramp up the Red fundraiser. In 2015, BHF Northern Ireland hopes to raise even more so that it can fight back harder against heart and circulatory disease. In order to do this, they are calling all local Ballymoney people to show their support and Spread the Red to fund lifesaving heart research.

Hosting an event is easy - sign up to receive a fabulous free fundraising pack at bhf.org.uk/red. The kit is full of fun ideas to hold a successful event – including posters, stickers, dining ideas and red-themed quizzes – and there are great tips on how to Spread the Red at work, at school or amongst friends.

Gary Wilson, Fundraising Manager at BHF Northern Ireland commented: “We are calling on the people of Ballymoney to join the country on 6 February and host a Wear it. Beat it. event to support the fight for every heartbeat. It is easy to get involved, sign up to receive your free fundraising kit for top tips on hosting an event and find essential tools to make your fundraiser a success.”

Barbara Osborne, Head of Volunteer Fundraising, Northern Ireland, said: “Wear it. Beat it. is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together to fight against heart and circulatory disease. By organising a fundraising event on 6 February, you will be helping us to raise much-needed funds for our lifesaving research. Our cutting –edge programme of research is powered by your generosity and support. Every pound raised will help make a massive difference to the millions of people living with these conditions.”

Wear it. Beat it. this February to raise funds for BHF Northern Ireland’s lifesaving research. Get your free Wear it. Beat it. fundraising kit now at bhf.org.uk/red or call 0300 330 06450.