On a ‘de-chox’ – Sunderland call centre workers give up sweets for British Heart Foundation’s campaign

Emma Shearer, Someyah Fenn and Emily Groves are taking part in a "de-chox" challenge to cut out chocolate, sweets and biscuits.
Emma Shearer, Someyah Fenn and Emily Groves are taking part in a "de-chox" challenge to cut out chocolate, sweets and biscuits.
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SELFLESS employees at a Sunderland firm are to forego the sweet stuff as part of a national campaign to boost a healthy heart charity.

The Human Resources team at EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, have pledged to give up their chocolate-based treats throughout this month as part of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) “de-chox” campaign.

Participants are required to cut out chocolate in any form, including chocolate sweets, biscuits, ice cream and cake in return for sponsorship, or donate fines for “cheating”, including £3 per chocolate bar and £5 for a dessert.

Emma Shearer, community investment specialist at EDF, said: “Our work-based fit club worked so well last year because of the support everyone gave each other, and I think the same will apply to the “de-chox” challenge.

“We are all looking forward to making healthier choices whilst raising money for an amazing charity which helps so many people across the UK.”

The BHF says that one in four UK deaths are linked to heart and circulatory disease every year and there are currently seven million people in the UK living with the condition.