Teresa this week supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) when they revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster.
Teresa met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit Teresa added her voice to the BHF’s call for people to Ramp up the Red.
Today, Friday 7th February 2014, the BHF are urging the public to Ramp up the Red by wearing something red, hosting a red-themed party, or baking some red-coloured treats. The aim is to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of the BHF’s work.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.
“A huge number of people across the UK have been affected either directly or indirectly by coronary heart disease. By popping up in Parliament, the British Heart Foundation has reminded us of the vital role their shops play in raising funds for life-saving research and increasing awareness of this disease.
I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease by taking part in Ramp up the Red. I hope the public join me today and help to beat a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.”
Mike Taylor, Retail Director at the BHF, said:
“We wanted to show MPs just how important our shops are – without our shop staff, including 23,000 volunteers across the UK, we simply couldn’t continue our life-saving work.
It is fantastic to see Teresa Pearce MP showing her support and Ramping up the Red. All the money raised today will help us truly fight for every heartbeat.”
For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit the website.