Coronation Street star and chocolate lover, Kym Marsh, is encouraging Brits to join her and quit chocolate for a whole month in March as part of our new fundraising campaign, DECHOX.
Kym's family have been personally affected by heart disease. Her father had a cardiac arrest at the age of 49, and a heart attack two years ago, when he was 67. Kym's son, David, contracted a heart infection last year, despite having no known pre-existing heart conditions.
This is why she decided to support DECHOX
Kym says; “You never think something like heart disease is going to happen to you or someone you love. Dad having a heart attack was such a scary time for us, particularly that period of uncertainty of whether he would pull through and how it would affect him long-term. When my son David got a heart infection, despite always having been fit and healthy, I was terrified he wasn’t going to make it. He is only 19 years old but was in hospital on antibiotics for a week and he’s still not allowed to play too much sport. I know the terrible effect that heart disease can have on a family.
“That’s why I’m encouraging everyone to join me and take part in the new BHF fundraising campaign, DECHOX, asking people to give up chocolate for the month of March and help raise money for lifesaving heart research. It’s going to be difficult for people who love chocolate, like me, but we’ll all be in it together and it’s for such a great cause.”
DECHOX is a nationwide sponsored challenge calling on all chocolate lovers to give up their favourite sweet treat for the month of March to help raise money for our life saving heart research.
Dechoxers are encouraged to raise money throughout the month by asking friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them to take on the challenge. They can also donate the money they’ve saved from ditching a cheeky chocolate bar at work or that naughty dessert after a meal out.
Take part on social media by using #DECHOX and sharing your stories and tips for giving up chocolate.