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Win 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
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
amazon.co.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The money will be used to help specific Scottish local councils
develop ways to increase ELS training in their secondary
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
Do 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
More than £10,000 so far has been raised for the BHF through
For more information or to book a collection, visit the
website or call 020 7736 4242.
Giving patients a voice in
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
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
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