Paisley has become one of the first places in Scotland to wear its heart on its sleeve and sign up as a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland Heart Town.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council have teamed up with BHF Scotland to help put the heart into Paisley as part of the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which has been launched to mark its 50th anniversary, this year.
Heart Towns is a brand new initiative from the nation’s heart charity that brings communities together through local fundraising and volunteering as well as raising awareness of heart disease and offering residents a raft of support services including initiatives for schools, workplace health and lifestyle information resources.
Paisley is one of the first places in the UK to sign up – and is only the second town in Scotland to launch its Heart Town status, Falkirk being the first.
Carole Nicol, BHF Scotland’s Fundraising Volunteer Manager in Paisley, said: “We’re really excited that people in Paisley will be at the forefront of the Heart Towns initiative. Lots of activities and events will be happening throughout the year that local people can get involved in. We will be working with local groups in the community to raise awareness of heart disease and raise money for the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. Please get involved and pledge your support today.”
The BHF is aiming for as many towns and cities across the UK to sign up and become a Heart Town, to help the growing issue of heart and circulatory disease which is the biggest killer in Scotland and the UK.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay, who is also chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, said: “One of the key aims of the Renfrewshire community plan, agreed by the council, health board and other partners, is to work together to ensure people in Renfrewshire live longer, healthier lives. Part of achieving that goal is promoting healthier lifestyles and providing as much opportunity and support for local residents to do this so I am delighted that Paisley is becoming a Heart Town.
“We are already providing opportunities for people of all ages to lead active lifestyles through our Active Renfrewshire programme and we have successfully launched integrated programmes to tackle alcohol and drug problems. Heart disease is another serious problem we are very happy to be tackling together.”
The Mending Broken Hearts Appeal is the biggest ever fundraising appeal ever launched in the BHF’s history. The goal is simple: to fund the research that could begin to ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years and save and improve the lives of millions within decades.
There is no cure for a broken heart. This ground-breaking research can change that and help researchers learn how to teach the heart to ‘heal itself’.
In order to do this the charity needs to spend £50 million on the research to repair damaged hearts. The hope is, if it can get the money, it could be funding trials with heart failure patients in as little as five years. That’s why the support of Paisley’s citizens is so vital.
Every person in Paisley really can make a difference and help give hope to millions. They can do almost anything they like! Volunteer time, buy the BHF’s great new products, donate much-needed funds or even get on a bike. There’s a way for everyone to get involved and give hope.
Visit bhf.org.uk/hearttowns or call local Fundraising Volunteer Manager Carole Nicol on 0141 954 8542 or email [email protected]