A Heart-y Partnership – British Heart Foundation as our Charity of the Year
30th May 2017
Jubilee Hall Trust is thrilled to announce a yearlong Charity of the Year partnership with the British Heart Foundation!
The connection between physical activity and heart health has been long established, and over the next year, our two charities will take that connection to the next level. JHT will organise a series of events and campaigns in our gyms and out in community to support the British Heart Foundation and to get more people engaging in heart-healthy physical activity.
Cardiovascular disease kills 435 people every day in the UK, stealing them away from families and loved ones. The funds raised by Jubilee Hall Trust and its members will help support the BHF’s life saving research which could lead to better treatments for those living with CVD. Approximately 7 million people in the UK are living with heart problems, and more than 20 million people in the UK are at higher risk for developing heart disease as a result of inactivity and sedentary behavior. Research shows that doing regular physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by as much as 35%. (For more details about Inactivity and Heart Health, download the BHF’s physical inactivity report.)
“We know how important physical activity is for heart health,” says Malorie Schecter, Community Programmes Manager at Jubilee Hall Trust. “So many of us have lost someone or seen a loved one suffer from CVD- and many times that loss and heartbreak could have been avoided or diminished with a healthier, more active lifestyle. By getting more people active, we can tackle CVD from a preventative angle, while also contributing to the research for better outcomes for those already affected.”
Funds raised through partnership events will be split between the British Heart Foundation and the community programmes at JHT, such as its cardiac rehabilitation programme and work to tackle inactivity in our communities.
The British Heart Foundation was nominated as JHT’s charity of the year in large part due to the longstanding dedication to heart health displayed by our staff and in our clubs. JHT class instructor Chrissie Mullings-Lewis just recently celebrated her 20th year organising a team for the Hampstead 4 Heart walk on Hampstead Heath in support of the BHF. The trust has also operated free cardiac rehabilitation programmes at it’s Colombo Centre and Armoury Gym.