Heart group’s Sunderland charity walk

The British Heart Foundation have awarded Michael Roper a Volunteer of the Year award at this years Volunteer week as part of a national celebrations of volunteering.
The British Heart Foundation have awarded Michael Roper a Volunteer of the Year award at this years Volunteer week as part of a national celebrations of volunteering.
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HEALTHY-HEART campaigners raised more than £1,000 for charity at an annual seaside walk.

The annual Seaburn Stroll in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) attracted just over 40 walkers, with the sponsorship cash they generated going to the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts appeal.

The group set off from outside the Seaburn Centre in Whitburn Road for the two-mile jaunt.

Michael Roper, secretary of the Sunderland branch of the BHF, said: “The support from the walkers has been heart-warming as we are hoping to have raised £1,500 for the appeal.

“As we keep saying, the people of Sunderland are outstanding with their support and generosity to the branch and the charity.

“Along with the stroll, we had a fund-raising collection at Asda in Grangetown, which again showed how generous folk can be as we raised £359.

“We would like to say a very big thank-you to Lesley Watson, community colleague at the store, for organising the day, and of course a huge thank-you to the customers and staff.

“Without their support, this total would not have been reached.”

To say thanks to all of those who took part, the branch is holding a charity night on Wednesday, October 26, at The Victory Club in Bridge Street.

The charity’s members are on the hunt for donations for a raffle from businesses with anyone able to help asked to email mickroper1950@hotmail.co.uk.