Bristol mayor George Ferguson backs British Heart Foundation campaign
BRISTOL Mayor George Ferguson put his trademark red trousers to use for the launch of a charity campaign.
Mr Ferguson kicked off the British Heart Foundation’s Rock Up In Red campaign to raise money during National Heart Month today.
The charity is calling on people to organise events where colleagues, classmates, friends and family pay £2 to wear red clothes.
More than 2.7 million people are currently suffering with heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.
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It kills one in six men and one in nine women, and is responsible for almost 80,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 220 people each day.
Mr Ferguson said: “I rock up in red every day, so I'm more than happy to lend my support to the British Heart Foundation’s excellent campaign.
“I'm delighted that Bristol is an official Heart City, working closely with the BHF to raise awareness of heart disease and encourage healthy living.
“I shall be working closely with my cabinet member for health, Barbara Janke, to ensure that Bristol meets my ambition of being the healthiest city in the UK.”
BHF fundraising volunteer manager for Bristol, Julie Patterson, said: “Although the British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity, we fund a number of fantastic local projects.
“We need to continue to raise funds to keep hearts beating in Bristol so please Rock Up In Red in February and get involved in National Heart Month.”
Bristol’s strategic director of public health, Janet Maxwell, said: “Heart disease is a major cause of chronic illness and early death for men and women in Bristol but much of it is preventable.
“Losing weight, being more active, eating well, reducing alcohol and stopping smoking make a big difference.
“Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels can all be helped by switching to a healthier lifestyle.”
To find out more and order a Rock Up In Red fundraising kit call 0300 330 0645 or visit www.bhf.org.uk/red