Preston’s Heartbeat appeal hits £10,000

EXCITING TIMES: Heartbeat CEO Jill Rogerson
EXCITING TIMES: Heartbeat CEO Jill Rogerson
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A major appeal to raise cash to kit out Preston’s Heartbeat charity’s new base has raised almost £10,000 since it was launched.

The Evening Post launched a campaign at the end of September to raise £37,000 for charity.

The charity, which provides rehabilitation, education and research for heart patients in Lancashire, is moving from its base in Harris Park, Fulwood, to the former National Football Museum in Deepdale.

The refit of the building is estimated to cost £285,000, and while the charity has used money from its reserves, it now needs help with the final push.

Chief executive of Heartbeat Jill Rogerson said: “Work on the refurbishment started on 
October 6 and is progressing well.

“Following a delayed start, the anticipated completion date should be mid-December, which means Heartbeat’s new centre will be good to go for the New Year. The centre is taking shape and looks amazing. It will mean Heartbeat can offer services to a greater number of Lancashire residents.”

She added: “Heartbeat is delighted with the support they have received. Our appeal has raised just under £10,000, the majority of this has come from people who have experienced the services at Heartbeat first-hand. In addition, Heartbeat has successfully applied for three grants to help purchase equipment for our rehabilitation gyms. To reach our target we still need the support of Lancashire’s business community, so we have a corporate package to offer businesses.”

“Christmas is round the corner, the time for family and friends to come together, but as you do, remember one in four will develop heart disease and, with your support, Heartbeat are fighting to reduce 
this figure.”

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