Hartlepool heart group is on lookout for new faces

Alan Walker of the Hartlepool branch of the British Heart Foundation.
Alan Walker of the Hartlepool branch of the British Heart Foundation.

A group which has raised thousands of pounds in the fight against heart problems is on the lookout for recruits.

The Hartlepool branch of the British Heart Foundation is down to its last three members. Treasurer Alan Walker told how the low numbers was affecting the work that the branch was able to do.

“We need volunteers to help,” said Mr Walker. “If we had them, we could put on more events but we are limited at the moment.”

The branch was formed in 1989 and numbers of volunteers were strong at the time. But as members grew older and suffered greater ill health, membership dwindled to current levels.

Mr Walker added: “We do get together on occasions to look at what we can do. But if we had more people, we could do collections in supermarkets and that type of thing.”

The branch still holds its annual murder mystery night at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience and the branch has raised thousands of pounds down the years to help in the fight against heart disease.

The foundation has had a long association with Hartlepool. The British Heart Foundation chose Hartlepool to become its first (BHF) Heart Town in the North.

Officials felt the town was an ideal place to target for help at a time when more than 100 people were still dying of heart disease in Hartlepool each year.

To support BHF and its work in Hartlepool, contact Alan Walker on 07884 497893.