Every year, heart and circulatory disease kills around 15,000 in the south west and currently, 639,000 people in the region are living with its burden. The need to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat these terrible conditions is more urgent than ever.

That’s why I’m calling on everyone to take part in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Wear it. Beat it. campaign. Join thousands of others across the UK on Friday, June 9, by wearing red and holding a fundraising event to help us stop heart disease in its tracks.

From a bake sale or coffee morning at work to a red-themed garden party with friends and family, whatever you choose to do, Wear it. Beat it. is a great way to bring everyone together and help make a difference to millions. You will be also be helping the BHF fund even more cutting-edge breakthroughs that will help end the devastation caused by heart disease.

Last year more than 15,000 people took part in Wear it. Beat it, raising over £750,000. To sign up and receive a free fundraising pack full of ideas about how to get involved, visit wearitbeatit.bhf.org.uk

Peter Tarrant,

British Heart Foundation area fundraising manager for the south west