Friday, 04 September 2015

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Woman’s heart op prompts west Cumbrian fundraiser

Whitehaven saw red as the town got involved in the British Heart Foundation’s Ramp Up The Red day.

Kathleen France photo
Kathleen France

Several events took place including a fun fundraiser at Dixon's department store, on Lowther Street, where staff had been inspired by the support the charity offered a colleague.

Kathleen France had heart surgery and benefited from the help of the BHF.

Sales advisor Kathleen said: “I had a mechanical valve fitted and the British Heart Foundation were fantastic. I had the choice between having a pig’s valve or a mechanical valve and, without them, I would never have had the choice.

“The pig’s valve would have had to be replaced after 10 years so it was a really important choice. They helped me through everything and, even now, they still offer support and I get their magazine which is where I found out about doing the event.”

Michelle McAvoy, fashion manager at Dixon's, explained: “All the staff bought T-shirts, there’s a raffle going round with some great prizes and British Heart Foundation provided us with a quiz which also raises money.

“It’s gone really well and with the Ramp Up The Red carrying on today too, we’re hoping we can raise a significant amount of money.

“Not only are we hoping to raise money for the cause but also raise awareness by wearing our T-shirts.”

They hope to raise several hundred pounds.

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