The British Heart Foundation was one of the top two charitiesnominated by giffgaffers for this December's charity vote, and will be receiving community Payback this December. To help you choose which charity you'd like to support, we invited them to write a guest post detailing the great work your donations will help make happen.
Thank you giffgaff
All of us at the BHF were honored to find out we had been shortlisted by the giffgaff community for their member’s payback scheme and were very humbled by the number of votes we received.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation's heart charity. Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer, affecting over 7 million people. Sadly, that’s more than double the number living with cancer and dementia combined. Far too many people die prematurely and for those who survive, life can be frightening and hard.
From the mums, dads, brothers and sisters who suffer a sudden heart attack, to the grandparents living with the debilitating impact of heart failure, to the 12 babies born every day with a life threatening congenital heart defect, heart disease is heartless – it is sudden and devastating.
Saving Lives Today
Less than 1 in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK. There’s no opportunity to say goodbye, no chance to say a final ‘I love you’. In parts of Europe where more people know CPR, 1 in 4 people survive!
Saving Lives Tomorrow
Research is our ultimate weapon in the fight against heart disease and thanks to research, we have made great progress. 50 years ago, before the BHF was founded, 4 out of 5 babies born with a heart defect died before their 1st birthday. Today, 4 out of 5 babies will survive and make it to adulthood.
Baby Ellis arrived 6 weeks early & there were signs that not all was well. An Echo revealed a large ventricular septal defect (VSD) in the wall separating the two lower chambers of his heart. At 3 months he underwent life changing surgery. This was only possible because of research BHF funded.
Proud mum, Stephanie, said: “He is a happy healthy heart warrior and we will be eternally thankful to everyone at the BHF for their research, and to the hospital team for their outstanding care - thank you for making our baby boy’s heart whole."
Our vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from heart disease. Thanks to you, we’ve made great progress.
With you, we’ll beat it.
For more information about our incredible work please visit our website www.bhf.org.uk
The British Heart Foundation fights to end heart disease, and is the biggest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK.
If you'd like to use your Payback to make a donation to The British Heart Foundation once you receive it, you can. Your donation will go towards ensuring that everyone in the UK benefits from cardiac research.
Text "GGBH98 £1" to 70070 (you can adjust the amount to £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 if you like)
You can also choose to donate your charity Payback in My giffgaff. Pick donation to charity before the end of Sunday, December 17th, and your donation will be matched by giffgaff, then split equally between the British Heart Foundation and Save the Children, this Payback period's charity vote winners.
If you'd like to know more about the member-nominated charities this year, keep an eye out on the blog or visit the charity nominations thread in the community.