Thirty years of support - and Hartlepool group is still going strong

Norman Wilford, Michelle Wilford, Jane Horsnell Fundraising Manager, Alan Walker celebrate.

Norman Wilford, Michelle Wilford, Jane Horsnell Fundraising Manager, Alan Walker celebrate.

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A Hartlepool group is celebrating 30 years of raising money for lifesaving heart research.

The Hartlepool branch of the British Heart Foundation was set up in 1987.

We’re delighted to celebrate supporting the BHF for the past 30 years. We’ve had a wonderful time taking part in many different fundraising activities and look forward to continuing our support of the BHF’s life saving research over the coming years

Norman Wilford

Members give their time in the fight against heart disease.

Over the years, the branch has taken part in fundraising activities including collections and murder mystery nights to help raise vital funds.

Norman Wilford, chairman of the Hartlepool branch, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate supporting the BHF for the past 30 years. We’ve had a wonderful time taking part in many different fundraising activities and look forward to continuing our support of the BHF’s life saving research over the coming years.”

There are more than 250 fundraising groups across the UK representing the BHF in their local communities.

The Hartlepool branch would love to hear from new members to keep up the good work already taking place in the area.

The money raised by BHF fundraising groups helps fund ground-breaking discoveries and identify new treatments that could help save more people from the devastating effects of heart disease.

Jane Horsnell, BHF fundraising manager for North Yorkshire and County Durham, said: “We would like to wish Hartlepool branch, a very happy birthday.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the group for supporting us over the past 30 years and raising the funds so desperately needed to help us beat heart disease for good.

“The branch is looking to add some more members to keep their fantastic work going. Heart and circulatory disease affects 12,100 people around Hartlepool and thanks to the branch we’ll be able to fund even more lifesaving research into these conditions.”

Each year, these devastating conditions claim the lives of more than 246 people in the Hartlepool area alone.

Since Alan Walker took over as treasurer in 1995, the branch has raised £112,000.

For more information and to find out more about joining the Hartlepool branch, contact Jane Horsnell, BHF fundraising manager for North Yorkshire and County Durham by emailing horsnellj@bhf.org.uk or calling (01423) 52836.