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A CHARITY is urging people from Hartlepool and east Durham to help raise money to fund their vital work.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is dedicated to funding research which could help diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease.

It also provides valuable support for parents and families.

February marks the BHF’s annual campaign, National Heart Month, to help increase awareness of heart disease.

This year the charity is celebrating its 50th birthday and is encouraging people to join the campaign by going “Red For Heart” on Friday, February 25, for National Wear Red Day.

There are many ways to get involved in raising vital funds for their work.

Get friends, colleagues or school mates to pay £1 to wear red.

Be sponsored to dye your hair red, or put a red swear jar in the office.

Or why not get involved from home by throwing a red themed 50th birthday party for the BHF.

Jackie Steele, head of National Campaigns at the BHF, said: “With support we can continue our vital life saving work and continue the fight against the UK’s biggest killer.

“As long as it is red, anything goes”.

You can order your free fundraising kit by calling 0845 2410979 or visiting www.bhf.org.uk/red.

l ARE you planning on going ‘Red for Heart’? Contact the Mail and let us know (01429) 239381.