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Student fundraising group recognised with BHF award

A group of scientists from the Centre for Cardiovascular Science have been named as BHF ‘Heart Heroes’ for their fundraising work.

Pictured with BHF Chief Executive Simon Gillespie are, from left, Sarah Finnie, Kathleen Scullion, Emma Batchen, Hannah Costello
Pictured with BHF Chief Executive Simon Gillespie are, from left, Sarah Finnie, Kathleen Scullion, Emma Batchen, Hannah Costello and Natalie Jones.

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science Fundraising Group picked up the award for ‘New Fundraising Group of the Year’ at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland’s Annual Supporter Conference.

Ceilidhs, quizzes and collections

Made up of BHF-funded Masters and PhD students, the group has raised nearly £4,000 since they formed a year ago. They’ve raised funds by organising a ceilidh, giving up chocolate for BHF Scotland’s DECHOX challenge and at quizzes and collections.

They’ve also run CPR sessions for students and attended a BHF Scotland parliamentary reception at Holyrood to raise money to help continue the BHF’s life saving work.

We are absolutely over the moon to win this award. The BHF has supported all of us through our research and it is amazing to be able to give something back. We hope to have another successful year and continue our fundraising work.

Natalie JonesPhD student and group member

Heart Heroes

BHF Scotland’s Heart Hero and Community Fundraising Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of individuals and groups who are fighting for every heartbeat in Scotland, such as heart patients who are campaigning for better services, fundraisers who are raising vital money to fund lifesaving heart research, funded scientists and health professionals.

The group are motivated and caring, and do all of this on top of their demanding university studies. They are a shining example of the exceptional contribution made by all our supporters and I’m sure that the group will inspire others to help in our fight against heart disease.

James CantDirector at BHF Scotland

£35M of BHF investment

Around 120 delegates attended the annual BHF Scotland Supporter Day held in the Chancellor’s Building at Little France where they heard about the £35 million of medical research being funded by the BHF at the University. Attendees were given the opportunity to see some aspects of the research work in progress via exclusive lab tours.

Related links

Visit the Centre for Cardiovascular Science website

Visit the British Heart Foundation website