Self-confessed chocoholic, Ffion Evans, who is the Registered Manager at our Bangor office, is fundraising for charity by giving up chocolate this month (February, 2019).
Ffion is raising money for the British Heart Foundation by going on a ‘dechox’ as she says hearts need care too.
She said: “Ten years ago our family was ripped apart when we lost our dad to a heart attack at the age of 51. He is greatly missed, and I don’t want any other family to have to suffer like we did, so I have decided to do what I can to raise some much-needed funds and awareness for the British Heart Foundation.
“To do this I am giving up chocolate for an entire month. This is a huge deal for me as I absolutely love chocolate. Anyone who wishes to sponsor me, even if it is for as little as £1, can do so at https://goo.gl/upAXKH. Any donation is gratefully received and will go a long way towards the charity being able to carry out the research and fantastic work it does.”
The British Heart Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals who were concerned about the increasing death rate from cardiovascular disease. They wanted to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory diseases.
The charity spends more than £100 million a year funding scientists around the UK and are currently funding more than 1000 research projects.
There are around seven million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. They cause 25% of all deaths in the UK, that’s more than 150,000 each year. An average of 420 people each day or one death every three minutes.
Around 42,000 people under the age of 75 in the UK die from cardiovascular disease each year.
Since the British Heart Foundation was established the annual number of deaths from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK has fallen by more than half.
It is fantastic to see Ffion doing her bit for a worthwhile cause and raising money and some much-needed awareness of heart and circulatory diseases. We wish her the very best of luck with her challenge.