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Free time to spare?
Christmas may seem a long way off, but the busiest time of the
year for our shops is fast approaching, so we’re looking for
volunteers to make a real
Volunteers are essential to the success of BHF shops and play a
vital part in the fight against heart disease.
Our shops have positions
available to suit everyone, from selling our large range of
Christmas gifts and cards to window dressing and helping with the
Christmas raffle. If you’d prefer a more hands-on role, our
Furniture and Electrical Stores are keen to recruit warehouse
assistants, electrical function testers, furniture restorers and
For more information, call 0800 915 3000 or visit our volunteering page.
Know your drugs
It’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week from 5 to 12 November, and if you
have cardiovascular disease you’re being urged to take advantage of
the free NHS services at your local pharmacy.
If you’ve recently been prescribed a medicine for high blood
pressure or a drug that reduces the risk of blood clots, such as
warfarin, you can use the New Medicine Service. Or if you’re taking
two or more prescribed medicines for a long-term condition, you
could have a Medicines Use Review. Both services involve a chat
with the pharmacist so you can ask questions about potential side
effects, the best way to take your medicine and what to do if you
miss a dose.
Men in particular are being encouraged to take advantage of the
services, as a survey from the National Pharmacy Association showed
they are less likely to seek advice from healthcare
Get your flu jab
It's not just for over-65s - anyone with a serious health
condition such as heart disease is entitled to a free jab on the
NHS. Flu strains are constantly changing, which is why you need a
new jab every year. Ask your doctor or practice nurse about the jab
as early in the season as possible.
Read more about flu
and why the jab is important
Win a hamper!
The ever-popular BHF Christmas hamper is back! Packed with
festive goodies such as tasty butter shortbread, luxurious Belgian
chocolate truffles, plus other delicious foods and drinks, this
beautiful wicker hamper is a wonderful one-off Christmas treat.
There’s one to be won in each of our BHF shops and Furniture and
Electrical Stores. All details are in store. Better still, all the
winners (except those in Northern Ireland) will be entered into
another draw to win £2,500 worth of holiday vouchers. Tickets are
only £1, so pop into your local BHF shop and take your chance! The
winners will be drawn on Saturday 22 December at 4pm.
New limited-edition diary
We’re thrilled that stationery company Collins has
pledged its support to us for the next three years to help raise
As part of the exclusive partnership, Collins has created a red
special-edition diary featuring information and tips on how to
maintain a healthy heart every day. The diary is on sale now at
£8.49 and available from retailers nationwide, including Staples
and Amazon. Eighty-five pence from every diary sold will go
directly to fund our pioneering research, support and care for
heart patients and their families.
To celebrate, Collins is giving all heart matters
readers the chance to receive a free diary. There are 24 up for
grabs. To enter the prize draw, email your name and address to
or write to heart matters draw, Collins Debden Ltd,
Westerhill Road, Campsie View, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QT.
Writers of the first 12 letters and first 12 emails selected by
Collins will all receive a diary.
Entries must arrive by midnight on 30 October 2012. The draw
will take place by 14 November 2012.There is no cash alternative.
Collins Debden Ltd is the prize draw promoter.
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