The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Cardiac Rehab and Cardio Respiratory teams, in the month of September distributed over 500 collection bags for The British Heart Foundation (BHF) to patients, cardiology colleagues, family and friends, to encourage them to donate their unwanted items to the charity. The teams were supporting the British Heart Foundation’s September ‘Bag it Beat It’ campaign.
The teams themselves have between them, collected and donated over 80 bags of unwanted items which will be divided between the British Heart Foundation shops in both Dewsbury and Wakefield. Every bag filled helps fund life saving heart research.
Staff and their family and friends, filled the bags with good quality unwanted shoes, clothes, books, handbags DVDs and CDs.
Sue Green, BHF Fundraising Manager for West Yorkshire, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people support and fundraise for the BHF. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Cardiac Rehab and Cardio Respiratory teams, support, Heart and circulatory disease is responsible for around 155,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes.
“Through the public’s generosity, the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Fundraising like bag it beat it will help us achieve this.”
The Trust-wide Cardiac Rehabilitation team who work across the Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury districts ,co-ordinated the distribution of the bags and collections with support from their cardiology colleagues.
The Trust’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardio Respiratory teams plan to build on their previously successful events and do many more fundraising activities for the British Heart Foundation in the future.
Dr Ashish Thakur, Consultant Cardiologist
Lee Holt, Admin/clerical and reception support, Cardio Respiratory Dept.
Melanie Kirk, Senior Cardiac Physiologist
Ines Larenjeiro, Senior Cardiac Physiologist
Rosie Brakefield, Senior Cardiac Physiologist
Caroline Lane, Acute Heart failure Nurse Specialist
Debbie Wilson, Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist
Debbie Williams, Senior Assistant Technical Officer
Kate Bullock , Team Leader, Cardiac rehab Nurse Specialist