National Cholesterol Month

National Cholesterol Month is in October and dedicated to raising awareness of cholesterol and sponsorship events

Thanks to everyone who got involved with National Cholesterol Month this October. It is our 10th year of running the campaign and a huge thank you to everyone who raised funds and awareness for us; we could not do this without your terrific support!

Our main fundraising event was the 100 mile Great Cholesterol Challenge which went really well - many supporters and companies got involved  – including Becky Wingett who did her 100 miles on her horse Bertie and team HEART UK who did a 14 mile team walk and raised over £500.  We had nearly 100 registrations and we are delighted with the enthusiasm from everyone who took part - doing their miles, feeling fitter, raising funds and having fun.  Thank you all so much.

We are really grateful to Amgen who has supported National Cholesterol Month with cholesterol testing events at its offices in Uxbridge and Cambridge as well as fundraising activities.  Amgen staff have raised over £800 with a dress down day, dance classes and heart healthier meals in their restaurants.  

Thanks to celebrity chef Ambassador Cyrus Todiwala for supporting HEART UK during National Cholesterol Month.  For every vegetarian Thali selection served throughout October, Cafe Namaste donated £2 to HEART UK.  

Several of our running friends have laced up and raised funds competing in some Marathons and half Marathons during October. This is a great way to support us; have a look at some of our sporting events and challenges to see if there are any that tempt you!

To keep up to date with all our news follow us on Twitter.  And don’t forget if you are raising funds for us – tell us about it by tweeting using @heartukcharity

We cannot mention all the activities here but our sincere thanks to everyone who is getting involved!

 

The Prime Minister and MP for Maidenhead, The Rt Hon Theresa May  is lending her support for National Cholesterol Month:

"I congratulate HEART UK on the work they do to prevent premature deaths and the help they offer people with, and affected by high cholesterol. HEART UK’s work is vital for our nation’s health and I am pleased to give them my support"

 

 

 Raising Awareness

State of the Nation

We explored why cholesterol needs greater attention from policy and decision makers and presented our findings in a report to Parliament. The HEART UK State of the Nation report was discussed by MPs in the House of Commons, raising our concerns that more needs to be done.

 

FH Day of Action

Our campaigning to raise awareness of cholesterol included an FH Day of Action in 2017. We held the event in Parliament, where MPs met with some of our supporters who are affected by FH, demonstrating the opportunities to do more to save lives.

 

Family Day

We brought families together from across the country who have been affected by FH. We spoke with children and younger family members about their experiences and learned about their need for more information on FH. HEART UK now has a series of information booklets and factsheets written for younger people and children.

 

"I am thrilled to be supporting HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Month and their good work in raising awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol, often referred to as the silent killer. We should all be aware of our cholesterol levels and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  I wish them all the best with this worthy campaign."

Gloria Hunniford

"I am pleased to support HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Month this October. HEART UK work tirelessly towards preventing premature deaths caused by high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Like HEART UK I would like the majority of UK adults to know their cholesterol levels, understand the impact and take any necessary action. Best of luck to those taking part in the Great Cholesterol Challenge to promote an active lifestyle and help raise funds for a fantastic organisation!"

 Dr Sarah Jarvis

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