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Rocking the Red in February

Simplyhealth took on February as a heart health month, raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Called ‘Rock the Red Challenge’, employees raised a total of £4,569 in February by wearing red clothing and accessories which generated a £3 donation from Simplyhealth, keeping active to help hearts stay strong and healthy raised another £5, and by sharing internally something that each person loves using #ilovebecause added a further £3 from Simplyhealth.

Wendy Cummins, Community Manager at Simplyhealth commented: “Our employees enjoy getting involved in our fundraising challenges especially during lockdown, as it provides motivation for themselves to get active and creative, whilst fundraising for a worthy cause.

“Our recent Rock the Red challenge was all about the importance of heart health. We were blown away by everyone’s efforts and decided to round up the total to £5000. By raising money for the British Heart Foundation, we are helping to fund research that gets closer to cures and treatments of heart and circulatory disease.”

In the UK, one person dies from heart and circulatory diseases every three minutes. Around twice as many people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK than with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined1. The BHF is the UK’s largest independent funder of heart research.

Will Ham, Fundraising Manager for the BHF, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone at Simplyhealth for getting involved and supporting our work during National Heart Month.

“This support has never been more needed. Due to the impact of Covid-19, our ability to fund new research into heart and circulatory diseases has been cut in half. Slowing down our research delays the discovery of new treatments and cures and puts even more lives at risk.”