Staff & Students ‘Ramp Up the Red’ for the British Heart Foundation

Trolley Dollies - Jack & NeilStudents and staff from across the Medical School helped to raise over £170 for the British Heart Foundation in the annual ‘Ramp up the Red’ fundraiser. In a fun-packed red themed day, silly wigs were worn, red tea and cakes were enjoyed and hundreds of raffle tickets were sold.

The British Heart Foundation is the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, funding £90 million of life saving research last year alone. On the 7th February 2014, the BHF held their nationwide fundraising day under the theme of Ramp up the Red, encouraging volunteers to help raise money, creatively using the colour red.

The Department of Cardiovascular Science is actively funded by the BHF and decided to get involved. Two BHF funded PhD students, Jack Green and Neil Bowden, organised charity events including a raffle, as well as the sale of red cakes and buns and red fruit tea. Whilst wearing curly red wigs and pushing a tea trolley, the pair managed to raise £174.70 as a result of the generous donations of students and staff in the Medical School.

Many many thanks to; Thistle Scientific, Nando’s, Bloo 88, Las Iguanas, Professor Sheila Francis and Dr Allan Lawrie for kindly donating the raffle prizes. Congratulations to our prize winners - Matt Bryan, Zabran Ilyas, Sarah Dawson, Beverley Jepson, Jo Pickworth and Vikki Ridger.

We look forward to next year and thank you for helping the BHF fight for every heartbeat!