HUMBER BRIDGE WALK – SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2015

PRESS RELEASE
Release Date: 17 July 2015

Local fundraisers launch Humber Bridge Walk
raising vital funds for fight against heart failure

Volunteers have launched a call for local people to support the 2015 Humber Bridge Walk in support of the British Heart Foundation.

Local residents are urged to register now for the annual event which will take place on Sunday 6 September 2014. Walkers can start their walk from either the south or north side of the Humber Bridge and walk one or more laps. Each return lap is 4 miles.

The money raised from the event will go towards the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which is taking the fight to heart failure. Heart failure occurs when so much heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack that the heart can’t pump blood around the body as well as it should. Living with heart failure can be terrifying and can cause prolonged suffering. Simple tasks, such as having a shower, doing the shopping or playing with the children, become a real struggle. Three quarters of people with severe heart failure will not live beyond five years.
Elsa Wightman, Chair of BHF’s North Lincs fundraising team says “The BHF is powered by research and through its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal needs to raise millions of pounds to prevent the devastating suffering inflicted by heart failure. This ground-breaking Appeal seeks support from the UK public to fund a cutting edge research programme involving stem cell research and developmental biology to work out how to repair or replace damaged heart muscle.”
“This year’s Walk promises to be a fun event all the family can join in. Following last year’s success, we are once again including a free children’s treasure hunt to encourage walkers of all ages to take part. There is also a popular Farmers Market on the north bank on the day.”

She added “Our scientists are making great strides in the fight against heart failure, but success will require much more money and research to ensure that this momentum is not lost. Events like the Humber Bridge Walk raise vital funds that help the BHF continue its life-saving and life-changing work and we hope people will support us by signing up today.”

Last year, the walk raised over £4,000. Local volunteers hope to raise even more this year. To help their efforts, they are seeking sponsorship from local businesses who would be willing to provide a prize to the highest individual fundraiser.

To register and for more information about the event, phone Elsa Wightman on 07505 354942 or Barbara Widdowson on 01427 872887. For more information about the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, visit bhf.org.uk/findthecure.
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Photo caption: Elsa Wightman calls local residents to sign up for Humber Bridge Walk
For more information please contact:

Lauren Mallinson, BHF Fundraising Manager on 07714 069126 or email mallinsonl@bhf.org.uk

Notes to editors
•Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need our help. 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. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives.
•For more information on the BHF visit bhf.org.uk
•The BHF is dependent upon volunteers and offers a range of interesting roles and opportunities across the region. For further information, please call 0300 456 8353 or visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer

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