More funds for healthy hearts

HEALTHY heart programmes in Northumberland can now apply for a cash boost.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is inviting grant applications to its Help a Heart scheme, which supports local projects that aim to improve the quality of life for heart patients and their carers, or promote healthier lifestyles.

Awards of between £300 and £2,000 are available to voluntary and community groups to run the initiatives.

Previous grants have been used for a variety of projects, including a swimming programme, developing web resources for patients and supporting stress management.

BHF Heart Health Project Manager Lisa Purcell said: “Help a Heart grants aim to support small community groups that can make a real difference to people in the North East. Even grants of a few hundred pounds can have an impact.

“If you’re a community group with a great idea to get people fit and healthy in the North East and improve the lives of local people affected by heart disease then we want to hear from you.”

To download an application pack, visit