The world's best cricketers have joined the fight against heart disease to help raise vital funds for our research.
Earlier this week players from the England cricket team donated £25,000 to the BHF through a fundraising effort on behalf of James Taylor. The former England and Nottinghamshire cricketer was forced to retire from all cricket in April because he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition
James's fiance Josephine and her siblings Campbell and Libby are now running a half marathon, raising money for the BHF.
The Charity Cricket Challenge
Today there is also a charity cricket match and we have been chosen as a beneficiary by James. The batsman retired after he was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a heart condition that can cause dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
Read about a research project we're funding into ARVC.
The Charity Cricket Challenge, organised by Cricket United, will see a Surrey All Stars team take on a Cricket United XI in t20 match at the Kia Oval.
The teams will be led by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and former Surrey and England international Alec Stewart. Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Saeed Ajmal, Darren Sammy and Monty Panesar, are among the talents taking part in the limited overs match.
James said: "After the unbelievable gesture from the England lads yesterday in donating £25,000 to the British Heart Foundation it is great to see cricket supporting BHF once again. It's bound to be a special night with some legends of the game playing so I can't wait to see a packed house raising money for some great causes."
Joanne Howe, Fundraising Manager for the BHF, said: "This will be a really entertaining evening of cricket. It's a chance to see a lot famous names both past and present showcase their skills.
"We're incredibly grateful to be one of the charities benefitting from this event. The money raised by the event will be used fund cutting edge research to improve the prevention, treatment and care of heart conditions."
Making new treatments possible
Despite great progress over the last 50 years, cardiovascular disease, in its many forms, still kills around 160,000 people each year – more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.
The BHF is the UK’s leading independent funder of cardiovascular research. Many advances in the treatment of heart conditions are a result of science funded by the charity.
Help power progress in the fight against heart conditions like James' by supporting his fundraising.