Helping Hands Home Care has committed to raising £60,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BFH) to mark the charity’s 60th anniversary this month.
Starting now and continuing over the next year, the home care provider will host fundraising activities across its network, such as staff sporting challenges and BHF’s Dechox chocolate challenge, which involves giving up chocolate for a month.
Helping Hands Home Care operates 143 branches across England and Wales as well as a central support office in Warwickshire, all of which will be involved in reaching this fundraising target by July 2022.
Karyn MacKenzie, group managing director at Helping Hands Home Care, said: “We at Helping Hands have always been inspired by the fantastic work of the British Heart Foundation. With the impact that COVID-19 has had on the charity sector, we felt it was imperative to show our support to charities like the British Heart Foundation so that they can continue with their life-saving research.”
She continued: “We support thousands of customers across England and Wales who have been affected by the devastating heart and circulatory conditions that the British Heart Foundation work so hard to beat, so we are incredibly proud to be supporting them in their mission to beat heartbreak forever.”
Paul Davies, head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Helping Hands Home Care for such generous and successful fundraising for our life-saving work.
“Without help such as this, the BHF would not be able to continue funding medical breakthroughs and helping the 7.6 million people across the UK who are currently living with heart and circulatory diseases.
“We are truly grateful for all their efforts in the lead up to our 60th birthday and in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis that we are working hard to recover from.”
By meeting its fundraising target of £60,000, Helping Hands could fund a heart attack research project for around six months.
The money could also fund one of the British Heart Foundation’s cardiac nurses on their Heart Helpline for around three months, providing support to those who need it.
Caption: Helping Hands group managing director Karyn MacKenzie and CEO Andy Hogarth.