Local businesses show their hearts

Published Thursday, 10th April 2014
Heart Town fundraising presentation
Tudor Rose salon owner Julie Adey with Cllr Ken Wyatt and salon staff

Seven Rotherham businesses have been rewarded for their big hearts after being awarded certificates for their fundraising and lifesaving efforts.

The businesses have raised urgently needed money and stock donations for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and also increased awareness about heart health in Rotherham Heart Town.

They have been rewarded for their efforts with special certificates thanking them for their generosity.

Between them, the seven celebrated businesses, which include Tata Steel, Morphy Richards, DC Leisure, RCAT, AMG Superalloys, Wilmot Dixon and Tudor Rose Salon, have helped raised much needed funds to help fight heart-related issues in the borough.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ken Wyatt, said: "Well done to all the organisations who have helped to make Rotherham a better place through their efforts.

"Since Rotherham has become a BHF Heart Town, we've seen a wide range of people, organisations and businesses coming together to help ensure that we start winning the battle to reduce heart related deaths and disease through education, prevention and fundraising for vital research.

"The businesses that have been awarded these certificates have shown, without doubt, their commitment to ensuring Rotherham’s status as a Heart Town is both assured and seen as a massive success.

"Having met with these companies and people, I know that there are real, genuine and heartfelt reasons for their efforts and I'd like to personally thank them all for making our borough a better place."

Manager, Julie Adey from Tudor Rose, added: "Raising funds to help fight heart related issues is one that is very close to our chests, in many ways, recently, my cousin who works for us in the salon had two lots of open heart surgery, really bringing the issue home to us.

"The response from our customers has been fantastic, both through donating funds, giving stock donations and chatting to us about where to seek more information about heart health.

"There are hundreds of people out there in Rotherham whose lives are touched each and every day by heart-related issues and we’re incredibly proud to be able to say we’re doing our bit, this certificate is just the icing on the cake."

Community Fundraising Manager for the BHF, Lauren Mallinson, said: "Working with our Rotherham Heart Town partners, we are delighted to be able to start rewarding organisations that are coming on board to fight for every heartbeat in the borough, enabling us to widen the influence of our five-year project.

"I would encourage any organisation or school/college who wants to support the Rotherham Heart Town work, to get in touch.

"All you need do to gain the Rotherham Heart Town Award is fund-raise for the BHF, hand out stock donation bags and display heart health literature – and though these three simple activities (or similar) you can help save lives in our town."