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Charity thanks Weymouth residents for lifesaving donations
WEYMOUTH residents are being thanked by the British Heart Foundation after turning their unwanted items into lifesaving local equipment.
Volunteering hours, donations and purchases by the local community in Weymouth have helped to raise £590,000 over the past year for Dorset – money, which has supplied eight heart nurses, three heart support groups and 41 defibrillators for the county.
The BHF area manager, Debbie Cheeseman, said their shops are championing the community’s fight against heart disease.
Debbie Cheeseman, the BHF area manager, said: “The generosity of people throughout Dorset has been astonishing and we want to thank every single person who has joined us in the fight against heart disease.
“Quite often people don’t realise that the sofa or dress that they donate actually raises vital funds and helps pay for anything from an echo machine in the local hospital to a community heart support group.”
She added that in total, an average of 2,123 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Dorset every year and with continued support from local people, they can fight harder to reduce this figure.
The charity currently funds 19 Heartstart schemes in Dorset, which teach Emergency Life Support training in the community and schools.
Debbie added: “We couldn’t fund this lifesaving equipment or research if it wasn’t for the local community and we hope that they feel proud of the difference they are making and inspired to keep visiting BHF shops.”
BHF offers a free collection service for any unwanted items. Call 0844 3341400 for details, or try the free online collection service for larger items by visiting bhforg.uk/free
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