Amherst Junior School making a splash for BHF

2 July 2015        

Pupils and teachers display the amount of money they

Dedicated pupils at Amherst Junior School in Sevenoaks have celebrated raising an incredible £153,000 to help us beat cardiovascular disease.

Since 1991 pupils at the school have been making a splash for us by taking part in an Annual Sponsored Swim to help raise vital funds for our life-saving research.

Now in its 24th year, the long-running event has raised over £153,000 to help power new breakthroughs to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.

Andrew Reid, Headteacher of Amherst Junior School, said: “We are so proud of the children's efforts over the years. I am always amazed at the enthusiasm and dedication each year of staff and children to raise as much as possible. 

“Special thanks must go to Derry Wiltshire, our previous Headteacher, who left such a wonderful legacy of fundraising for the British Heart Foundation.”

Funding vital research

Around seven million people across the UK are fighting a daily battle with cardiovascular disease. For over 50 years we've been pioneering new research breakthroughs and vital treatments that have transformed the lives of people living with these conditions.

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, praised the school and the community for its tireless support at the school’s annual BHF Awards Assembly, where he presented the young champions with their sporting prizes.

Simon said: “For 24 years generations of students at Amherst School have helped power our life-saving research by taking part in this annual event. To raise over £153,000 is an amazing achievement, and I would like to thank the school and the community for their enormous generosity and support.

“Cardiovascular disease can affect anyone at any age, and continues to blight the lives of over seven million people across the UK. Every pound raised will help us fund ground-breaking research that will help us win the fight against these devastating conditions.”

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