PLYMOUTH BRETHREN CHRISTIAN CHURCH RAISES A FURTHER £100,000 FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION THROUGH BAG-IT, BEAT-IT!
Julian Temblett, Head of Marketing at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), presented the PBCC with a certificate of thanks at a congratulatory presentation at the BHF HQ in London. After the third year of participating in BHF’s ‘Bag-It Beat-It’ campaign the PBCC have succeeded in donating more than 25,000 bags of saleable items meaning that more than £300,000 can now go towards lifesaving research!
At the presentation, the PBCC attended an interesting and lively seminar, “The Joys and Challenges of Translational Research” led by Professor Houman Ashrafian, who is a cardiologist working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The Professor clearly loves his work, and enjoys researching on behalf of BHF, into the causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)(an inherited condition that causes thickening of the heart muscle). He explained how funding is vitally essential to bridge the gap between initial discovery of a treatment option, and the point when the pharmaceutical companies view it as a viable drug.
Julian Temblett, speaking on behalf of BHF, and supported by Professor Ashrafian, expressed gratitude to the Plymouth Brethren – “We are so grateful for all of your efforts, we could not do without you”. Professor Ashrafian commented that this achievement by the PBCC was very motivating for his staff in the lab where he conducts his research at Oxford University, and highlighted the significance of how much the £100k the brethren raised this year, would contribute towards the cost of lifesaving treatment.
BHF is one of a number of charities regularly supported by the PBCC, and we congratulate them on the life changing work they do.