CHARITY: Donations fund vital research

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I want to thank readers who have been supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by donating items to their local BHF shop.

I am a professor working in Newcastle University Cardiovascular Research Centre and want to tell readers about my current research project, funded by the BHF.

My team and I are studying how different types of cells contribute to how the heart develops. We’re also looking at how things can go wrong and how these abnormalities can lead to congenital heart defects and cardiovascular disease later in life.

This research will help us understand more about how the heart works and develops, which could lead to new treatments for heart conditions.

My project is just one of more than 1,000 the BHF currently funds at universities across the UK, investigating every aspect of heart and circulatory disease, from causes and better drugs to improving surgical techniques.

Each of these projects is only made possible by the BHF’s generous supporters, and each unwanted item donated this spring brings us one step closer to the next big breakthrough in heart research.

I cannot thank the people of the North East enough for helping to support such an important and worthy cause.

There are currently 332,000 people living with cardiovascular disease across the area and I’m sure every reader will have been touched by heart disease in some way, whether personally, through a family member or close friend.

If you are yet to have your clear-out or would like to support your BHF shop at other times of the year, the charity is always in need of items to fill its rails so please do keep it in mind for you unwanted items.

To find your local shop, order free donation bags or find out more about the free home collection service, please visit bhf.org.uk/bagit

Professor Deborah Henderson

BHF funded researcher