Little Bird Made x British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Wetherby Fundraising Group are really looking forward to our first event with Little Bird Artisan Markets in October. We will be selling our range of Christmas Cards as well as giving CPR demos to anyone who would like to learn these life saving skills.

This is the first fundraising event the BHF Wetherby Fundraising Group have been able to take part in following Covid-19 restrictions. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the BHF, causing the closure of our shops and stores across the UK and resulting in several of our fundraising activities being postponed or cancelled. This has dealt a brutal blow to our income – and resulted in our investment in new research being cut in half last year alone.

The money raised at the market will help fund the BHF’s life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases - one of the biggest killers in the UK. In Leeds alone, around 85,000 people are living with these conditions – and tragically, every five hours, someone in the city sadly dies from a heart or circulatory disease. It takes research to save lives, and some of our ground-breaking work is happening locally at the University of Leeds, where we currently fund £22 million of research into better treatments for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure and type 2 diabetes.

We will also be on hand to teach attendees vital CPR skills. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, and knowing how to do CPR can drastically improve their chances of survival.

This year is the BHF’s 60th Birthday. Before the BHF existed, nobody really understood what caused heart attacks, and the only treatment was rest and pain relief. In the 1960s, more than 7 out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal. Now, thanks to pioneering research, deaths from heart and circulatory diseases have halved since the BHF was established – and, because of a revolution in treatments, at least 7 out of 10 people who have a heart attack survive. With your support, our research breakthroughs can improve the lives of people living with heart and circulatory disease in Leeds, the UK and across the globe.

We can only fund our research to save and improve lives thanks to our fundraising groups attending events like this, along with the support of the general public. This support has simply never been more needed.

If you’d be interested in joining one of our fundraising groups, or would like to support the BHF in any way, please get in touch with Becky Beevers, Fundraising Manager for Leeds who will be able to help: or 07971 484539

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