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The Sunderland Branch of the British Heart Foundation is celebrating 40 years of fundraising here in Sunderland.

In that time it has raised many thousands of pounds for equipment for the city’s hospital, defibrillators to be sited in public places, educational material and research into heart and cardiovascular disease, which is the UK’s biggest killer, with the North East having one of the highest rates of deaths.

To help in this fight it is asking companies, schools, colleges, university and individuals to helping raise £40,000 in its celebratory year, which runs until June 2016.

This can be done by holding events such as a dress down day, fun runs, coffee mornings and quiz nights.

It is hoped that you will take up this challenge and help support the Sunderland branch, which is run by a very small but dedicated band of volunteers.

If you can possibly help in any way, please email mickroper1950@hotmail.co.uk your help and assistance would be most gratefully received.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our walkers who took part in our annual Seaburn Stroll on Sunday, September 6.

Lastly, the charity had about 600 runners in the Great North Run so a very big thanks to you all, especially Sunderland lass Jayne Outhwaite, who was running in memory of her husband Anth.

Thank you to everyone who has very kindly shown their generosity when we have been out holding fundraising collections. Our next one will be on September 23 and 24 at Chester Wing Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Michael Roper

Sunderland Branch

Secretary British Heart Foundation