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Collins mid-year diary 2013-14Win a mid-year diary

As part of our partnership with diary maker Collins, we’re giving 24 lucky readers the chance to win a July 2013–2014 mid-year diary.

Collins has pledged to support us for three years to help fund projects across the UK.

To celebrate, it has created two new special edition diaries – one A5 sized and a smaller alternative – featuring tips to keep your heart healthy.

The diaries are on sale now from retailers nationwide, including and Staples, priced £5.99 and £6.99 respectively, 10 per cent of which will come to the BHF.

To enter, email your name and address to or write to Heart Matters draw, Collins Debden Ltd, Westerhill Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QT. Writers of the first 12 letters and first 12 emails selected by Collins will win a diary. Entries must be received by midnight on 14 June 2013. The promoter is Collins Debden Ltd.


Emergency Life Support funding

As a result of our Scottish Emergency Life Support (ELS) campaign, the Scottish Government has awarded BHF Scotland funding of £110,000.

The money will be used to help specific Scottish local councils develop ways to increase ELS training in their secondary schools.

Local councils are crucial partners in this work as, with no national curriculum in Scotland, they decide what is taught in schools in their area. This is a great win for the BHF and it helps us move closer to the day when every child will leave school knowing ELS skills, which could save lives.


Turn your old car into life-saving science 

Giveacar logoDo you have an unwanted car? You can use it to help the BHF by scrapping it through Giveacar, a not-for-profit social enterprise that raises money for charity by accepting donations of old cars.
Vehicles don’t have to be roadworthy and Giveacar will collect them from anywhere in the UK, free of charge. Every car is either recycled or sold at auction.

The profits from each sale are given to charity – all you have to do is say you want it to benefit the BHF. And if you want to keep half the proceeds yourself, there’s an option to do that too.
More than £10,000 so far has been raised for the BHF through Giveacar.

For more information or to book a collection, visit the Giveacar website or call 020 7736 4242.


Giving patients a voice in commissioning

We’re working to give heart patients a stronger voice in the care they receive, so that health services are more accessible and shaped by what the public wants.

We’ve won an opportunity to work with local health service commissioners and to be mentored by a charity, NCS (Neurological Commissioning Support), which specialises in helping other charities to influence local health services. Our bid was one of three charity bids to be successful. This was due to our belief in patient-centred care and the fact that we already communicate with half a million heart patients and their families.

NCS has developed considerable expertise in supporting commissioners and in demonstrating how a more patient-centred approach can lead to better services and better value for the taxpayer.
It will support the BHF to work with commissioners in local areas to help us map services, identify needs and spot gaps, such as no access to cardiac rehabilitation. We’ll be supporting local commissioners with how best to get patients involved throughout the process. The mentoring initiative is funded by the Department of Health.

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