BAPS Charities ‘Ramped up the Red’ to Fight Heart Disease with the British Heart Foundation
BAPS Charities joined members of the British Heart Foundation to support their ‘Ramp Up The Red’ campaign at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 8 February 2014.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, with 2.3 million people currently living with the condition in the UK. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is fighting for everybody who suffers with a heart condition – from babies born with life-threatening heart problems, to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily struggles of heart failure.
The BHF asked the great British public to ‘Ramp up the Red’ and ‘join the fight for every heartbeat’. Visitors to the evening assembly at the Mandir pledged their support by wearing red-coloured clothing.
Volunteers from BAPS Charities joined BHF volunteers – led by Shailesh Malde, a Heartstart trainer from The Swaminarayan School – in selling badges to raise funds for the cause as well as in raising awareness about heart disease and Heartstart training.
The day proved a great success with approximately 500 individuals personally educated about heart disease, and many hundreds more provided with educational material in English and Gujarati. The visiting BHF representative Venkat Chennubotla also enjoyed the evening and expressed his gratitude for promoting the Healthy Hearts initiative.
The British Heart Foundation is the biggest funder of charitable heart research in the UK, which has already helped to transform many lives. BAPS Charities have shared a long-standing partnership with the BHF, having previously partnered with the Charity to raise funds during the Great British Bag-Athon campaign as well as the BAPS Charities Annual Challenge in 2007 and a number of awareness-raising and training sessions, including the provision of emergency life support.
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