Wear Red to help fight heart disease

British Heart Foundation Hartlepool official Alan Walker
British Heart Foundation Hartlepool official Alan Walker

A CHARITY plans to encourage the people of Hartlepool to wear red and help with the fight to research heart problems.

The British Heart Foundation will hold its Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6 next year.

BHF town treasurer Alan Walker said he would be encouraging companies, schools and pubs to take part.

The day is aimed at getting people to wear red and host an event to raise money which will support the need for lifesaving research.

In 2011, Hartlepool officially became the first British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Town at a time when more than 100 people were still dying of heart disease in Hartlepool each year.

The deal meant more would be done to bring communities together through local fundraising and volunteering as well as raising awareness of heart disease and offering residents a raft of support services.

The BHF runs a Heart helpline on 0300 330331. People can also visit the website at www.bhf.org.uk or email heartmatters@bhf.org.uk