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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Barrow branch of heart charity to disband

AFTER 30 years of fundraising a Barrow and Furness branch of a health charity is disbanding.

Furness and District Branch of the British Heart Foundation has announced it will be ending on March 31.

The people of Furness Area have generously contributed at least £750,000 towards fighting heart disease. Besides the core aim to support research into the disease, the fundraising has included setting up the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Furness General Hospital, buying two echocardiograms, various other equipment for FGH, and the provision of two heart failure nurses in the community.

The retiring members of the committee has thanked all the other volunteers that have helped over the years and to express their gratitude to the people of Furness who have helped to improve the lives of people suffering heart disease. The BHF still retains a presence in Barrow through its shops in Dalton Road and Portland Walk.

Chrish Perera, Head of Community Fundraising in the North said “I wish to place on record our deep gratitude and appreciation for all of Ray’s magnificent work, and that of his fellow committee members and supporters over the years. And I’d like to also pay tribute to the people of Furness and District for all their generous support. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of the best branches we have. They have been great ambassadors and hugely supportive to our mission to save and improve lives. Their support has helped us to pay for our vital work including pioneering research; attaining the highest possible standards of care and support for heart patients; and providing vital information to help the people of Furness and District reduce their own heart health risk. The treatment of heart disease would not be where it is today, without the magnificent support of this extraordinary and dedicated branch. They leave a tremendously positive legacy for future generations.”

Barbara Dunn, Community Fundraising Manager for South Lakes said "The work of this extremely successful branch will be very much missed, although I have not known them long I know how dedicated and hard working Ray and his fellow members have been over the years. Their presence and fundraising in the Furness district has helped improve the heart health of many local people through various projects with the hospital and also raising awareness of the work of the BHF. I wish Ray and all the members a long, peaceful and happy retirement."

The BHF Barrow shops will still be very grateful for any items that are voluntarily contributed.

If supporters wish to organise one-off events to raise funds, they can contact Mrs Dunn on dunnb@bhf.org.uk or 01772 641870.

There is also the BHF website www.bhf.org.uk and heart helpline 0300 330 3311.

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How come you dont mention Ray ???

Posted by DAVE on 6 March 2014 at 13:30

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