Tuesday, 27 August 2013 19:52

Thank you Malmesbury….for helping mend broken hearts Featured

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BHFA huge thank-you goes to everyone who donated to the recent British Heart Foundation (BHF) collection in Malmesbury High Street – you raised a massive £326.00!

Also to everyone who visited the BHF stand at Petticoat Lane this weekend – thank you again for coming to support us and the work of the nation’s biggest heart charity. You helped us, the Malmesbury branch of the BHF, to raise another £205.

Congratulations to Mrs Alison Smith of Garsdon who was the lucky winner of our prize hamper.

And if you wondered what happens to the money collected, here’s one example.

Last year the BHF launched a huge new campaign to raise £50m to fund research into regenerative medicine.  BHF scientists believe they will be able to develop the technology to help the heart and circulatory system ‘heal itself.’ This would specifically help those suffering with heart failure following a heart attack.

Scientifically this is achievable and the precedent already exists in nature, for example zebra fish can already repair their own hearts.

The research should also help scientists learn how to prevent the development of heart disease, by improving the body’s ability to repair itself. It could help create heart valves from human tissue that would help people with diseased or abnormal valves and scientists could even learn how to make new blood vessels.

This is a huge and significant campaign.  The BHF called it their ‘Mending Broken Hearts’ appeal.  Find out more at the BHF website bhf.org.uk/mbh

The British Heart Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But they urgently need help, relying on donations of time and money to continue their life saving work.

Why not be part of it?  To get involved in helping the Malmesbury branch of the BHF, just call Tony Banks on 01666 860656.

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