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About the British Heart Foundation

We fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascula dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under our microscope.

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Targeting the world's biggest killers

Research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more.


But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why our work is as urgent and vital as ever.


Our research, is the promise to protect the people we love. Our parents. Our brothers. Our sisters. Our grandparents. Our closest friends.

Research is who we are. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures.

People’s donations have got us this far. Every breakthrough we’ve made, funded by people like you.


Start with your heart this Christmas and shop, volunteer and donate. Together, we can beat heartbreak forever.


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Aimee and Leo’s story

Just 24 hours after Leo was born last November, new parents Aimee and Alex received the news that their baby had several heart defects. He was rushed to intensive care and had life-saving surgery within days. “Against the odds we managed to get him home for his first Christmas,” says Aimee. “We’d been living in hospital, our bags were still packed and there was no Christmas dinner – it was pie and chips.  This year will be different and we’ll enjoy the Christmas we never thought he would make. This has brought us even closer as a family and we’ll be giving Leo that magical Christmas feeling, like Christmas should have.”

Leo at Christmas


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