Appeal 2016 - The British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is a charity organisation in the
United Kingdom that funds research, education, care and awareness
campaigns aimed to prevent heart diseases in humans.
This years Lent Appeal at St
Maraget's is for
The British Heart Foundation
Mission: To win the fight against cardiovascular disease and our
vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from
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
It is a major funder and authority in cardiovascular research, education
and care, and relies predominantly on voluntary donations to meet its
aims. In order to increase income and maximise the impact of its work,
it also works with other organisations to combat premature death and
disability from cardiovascular disease.
The British Heart Foundation focuses on five areas of cardiovascular
Research – BHF will continue to pioneer research into the causes of
heart disease and improved methods of prevention, diagnosis and
Information – BHF will provide vital information to help people
reduce their own heart health risk.
Campaigning – BHF will get government to establish policies that
minimise the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease
Care – BHF will help attain the highest possible standards of
care and support for patients.
Equality – BHF will reduce inequalities in the levels of heart
disease across the UK.
In 2013 The British Heart Foundation had an income of just over £133m.
In 2013 the BHF spent their income on Research (61%), care and
prevention (20%). BHF invested a £90.7 million in research during the
year. They also invested £29.1m in Prevention and Care work including
healthcare professionals, putting defibrillators in public places and
producing heart health resources for all age groups. BHF also awarded
money to six new projects under the Hearty Lives initiative. They also
continued their Heart Information Series which teaches people how to
save peoples lives.
Facts and figures
- There are over 950 BHF Healthcare Professionals caring for
patients across the UK.
- Over 3,800 Heartstart UK schemes to educate people what to do in
various emergency situations (not just cardiac emergencies). More
than 3.5 million people have been trained by Heartstart UK in
schools (for example via the Saving Londoners' Lives project) and
- In 2013, the British Heart Foundation had a gross income of over
- Every year 1 in every 145 babies are born in the UK with a
congenital heart defect.
- The 'heartbeat' logo was designed in 1971 by Sheila Harrison,
one of BHF's regional organisers at the time. It's still very much
in use today and is now one of the most recognisable logos in the UK