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The British Heart Foundation  We’re the UK's leading #heart charity, funding research into heart and circulatory diseases. See #boughtatbhf, @bhf_ebay & our Snapchat (the_bhf)

This year’s winning Reflections of Research image comes from Courtney Williams - a PhD student at the University of Leeds. ‘Explosive beginnings’, offers a close-up snapshot of the cells which line all blood vessels ‘sprouting’ – the process which adds new blood vessels to their existing network.

Her lab is developing new ways to map the formation of new blood vessels within their surrounding landscape in 3D.
Understanding the complex secrets of blood vessel formation could be harnessed to boost the regrowth of damaged blood vessels after a heart attack, and halt blood vessel growth when it’s harmful.

We love seeing photos of your BHF purchases!

@amysallaboutthehouse snapped up this lovely Danish teak mirror for a bargain price of £5.99 at her local BHF store.

What have you #BoughtAtBHF?

Did you follow the story of Baby Ivy last year? Today she celebrated her first birthday!
Ivy was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries before she was born; her parents, Holly & Mark, found out at their 20 week scan that their little girl would need open heart surgery in the first days of her life.
We told their story, from Ivy’s birth to her surgery, to show the incredible difference that life saving treatments can make to families around the world every day. This gorgeous girl didn’t have an easy start, but now this little family is going from strength to strength.
Here are a couple of family photos of the birthday girl – we’re all wishing her a very happy birthday!

We are the official charity partner for next year’s @ridelondon!
Join team BHF and take on the epic cycling challenge to support our life saving research.
Sign up today at bhf.org.uk/ridelondon2019

We love seeing the amazing items that have been #BoughtAtBHF this summer. Thank you to all of the stylish and savvy shoppers who support our stores, helping us to beat heartbreak forever.

David took part in Ride London this year in memory of a much missed colleague. He celebrated completing the ride with his lovely 6 month old granddaughter, Ava.

We’re delighted to announce that the BHF is the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 Charity of the Year for 2019, and we hope to encourage as many cyclists as possible to ride for our research.
Find out more here: bhf.org.uk/ridelondon2019

Heart hero, Leo, has had a difficult start to life, but that hasn’t stopped him smiling!

8 month old Leo was born with four heart conditions and underwent open heart surgery when he was just one week old.
Leo’s mum Aimee, and her family, have been busy fundraising for the BHF since being discharged from hospital at the beginning of the year.

For our Big Stitch competition we called on style-savvy shoppers and asked them to use their sewing skills to personalise an item that they had #BoughtAtBHF. We’ve seen some incredible and creative entries and now the final votes have been casted by our expert judging panel made up of sewing bloggers @likesewamazing , @gabberdashery and @rosabella.angelica . We are delighted to announce this year’s winner is Sarah of @stitchtacksew who created a stunning sundress out of two men’s shirts as well a bomber jacket made out of a pair of curtains! Speaking of the project Sarah said: ‘I love this challenge as the British Heart Foundation do such great work, and I also love anything that encourages people to recycle and reuse fabric’. We are also thrilled to announce our runners up with second place going to @sabrina.nieddu who turned a vintage skirt into a beautiful hand-painted top and third place awarded to @nicole_honeycomb who cleverly incorporated three tops and two necklaces into a maxi-dress creation.
Thank you to all of the amazingly talented people who took part in #TheBigStitch – we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how creative you have been with items found in our shops!

Congratulations are in order for Kieran Sandwell who celebrated the 9th anniversary of his heart transplant this week!

Kieran reached the milestone as he arrived at Land’s End as part of his 5,000 mile fundraising walk around the coastline of Britain.

What a hero!

Did you know that stroke and coronary heart disease are connected?
Some strokes and coronary heart disease can be caused by the same problem – atherosclerosis. This is when your arteries become narrowed by a gradual build-up of fatty material in the artery walls.
Every day, 670 people go to hospital because of a stroke and the condition causes 38,000 deaths a year in the UK alone.
But thanks to your support, we're funding vital research to find new treatments.

Nearly 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, with more than 1 million more thought to be undiagnosed.

Thanks to your support, were funding life saving diabetes research across the UK.

Today over 400 amazing BHF cyclists took part in #RideLondon - battling wet and windy weather to help power our life saving research. What a day to be a #BHFChampion! ❤️🏅🚴🏻‍♂️

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