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Lent Appeal 2016 - The British Heart Foundation

This years Lent Appeal at St Maraget's is for
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.

: To win the fight against cardiovascular disease and our vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease.


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 disease.

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 health:

BHF will continue to pioneer research into the causes of heart  disease and improved methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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 the community.
  • In 2013, the British Heart Foundation had a gross income of over 133m
  • 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