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A big shout out to everyone taking on #DECHOX this month - you’re half way there! Keep up the great work 👍🏻 Plus, you've already raised a staggering £600,000 for our life saving heart research! GO TEAM!

Sonya’s research could save Sarah from a cardiac arrest.
Sarah was born with a hole in her heart and as a child she had open heart surgery twice. There was more surgery in her twenties. Repeated surgery can scar a heart and put someone at risk of cardiac arrest.
Sarah says: “That’s why Sonya’s research matters. She’s looking at hearts like mine to see who’s most at risk of their heart suddenly stopping beating one day. Knowing if it’s me could save my life.” And Sarah is supporting Sonya’s research too. She says: “Part of the reason I support Sonya is to give something back. It’s the hope that my experience could perhaps help many other people for years to come.”

Laura and Vikki’s meeting was a random one, but they soon found out they had a heart condition in common and they both had a pacemaker keeping their hearts beating in time.
Laura was pregnant, and Vikki was a midwife at the hospital. As Laura navigated the unknown waters of a pregnancy with a pacemaker, Vikki was able to share reassuring information about having had her pacemaker longer and the daunting step of having a battery changed.

Laura has now given birth to her daughter, Orla, and the two have kept in touch. Vikki is thinking about starting a family, and their conversations have now turned to that, with Laura now in the reassuring role.

As it’s #InternationalWomensDay, we are marking the way women support one another through challenging times.
Last year Holly found out her unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition, and would need major heart surgery within days of being born. Nicola, whose 12-year-old son Calum has had repeated surgery on his heart, understood what Holly would be going through as a new mum, and offered support when baby Ivy was born.
Holly says: “Nicola provided support, calmness and kindness during some of my darkest times when Ivy was still in hospital and she even visited us in the days before Ivy's open heart surgery. Since then we have developed a friendship and our families have shared some special moments together.”

On #InternationalWomensDay we’re celebrating our female researchers!
We’ve supported the work of many inspiring women scientists who are working hard in the fight against heart disease.
Their projects range from research into new treatments for atrial fibrillation, exploring the effect that chemotherapy has on the heart, and finding new ways of repairing damage caused by heart attacks.

It’s time to assemble your #LondonToBrighton team!

For the first time ever, we’ve recruited our very own team for our iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride this year.

The 15 strong team is a mix of beginners who have never previously owned a bike, to frequent cyclists and commuters. They’re led by the team leader, Lee Sumner, our very own Marketing Manager. “After nearly two years of working in events and meeting a lot of amazing eventers, I’m now excited to be riding with them and hearing their inspirational stories in our flagship event.” There’s no better way to enjoy our London to Brighton event, than with a team – it’s great fun helping each other cross the finish line.
Start recruiting your friends and family today! Bhf.org.uk/l2b18

We couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite #WorldBookDay outfits from last year.
These young heart heroes donned their very best Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Tin Man costumes – how cute!
We can’t wait to see more of the same today!

Thank you to the 2100 runners who took on chilly temperatures, tough trails and steep hills at our Harewood House half marathon and 10k event today - you’re all champions!

Little Rosco was born with a life threatening heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries.
Because he wasn't getting enough oxygen in his blood, he underwent an arterial switch operation to swap the position of his coronary arteries when he was just a few days old.
Thanks to this remarkable operation, pioneered by a BHF-funded Professor, he’s now a happy toddler.
You might recognise Rosco from our latest ‘Thank You’ campaign, and he’s been out and about recently catching a glimpse of his face up in lights! Check out @iamrosco_ to follow his journey.
In the UK, 12 babies like Rosco are diagnosed with congenital heart conditions every day. Although most babies born with a heart defect now grow up to be adults, we still need more research to save every little heart and guarantee them a good quality life.
Find out more about the campaign by heading to our website (link in bio)

It’s Student Volunteering Week and we want to celebrate the amazing students who donate their time to the BHF across the UK!

One successful volunteering initiative that we’ve run is with first year fashion students at Manchester University. The students volunteer their time to pay a weekly visit to our Stretford shop, where they help to merchandise the store and create attractive window displays.

The @fashionmanchester students are given creative freedom to develop their visual merchandising skills in a retail environment whilst learning how to make the most out of the donations from our BHF staff.

Shop manager, Ann Long, said: “I’m very impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and how they interact with staff and volunteers, they show initiative and their windows and displays always look impressive and fashionable.” To find out more about volunteering opportunities with the BHF, head to the BHF website via the link in our bio.

Tonight we’re hosting our Beating Hearts Ball at London’s iconic Guildhall, supporting research into inherited heart conditions.

We were joined by BHF Ambassador @sarahferguson15 and a host of other celebrity supporters and beneficiaries for an evening of fundraising and entertainment.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the event and for helping us raise awareness about heart disease and our work with the #MilesFrostFund

We know that preparing for #LondonToBrighton can be tricky so we asked our Cycling Ambassador, Team GB cyclist, Andy Tennant, to share his top tips!
Head over to our London to Brighton hub to hear more from Andy: bhf.org.uk/l2b18

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