DONATIONS: Funding vital research

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I want to thank readers who have been supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by donating items to their local BHF shop.

I am a professor in the Newcastle University Cardiovascular Research Centre and want to tell readers about my research, funded by the BHF.

My team and I are studying how different types of cells contribute to how the heart develops. We’re looking at how things can go wrong, and how the abnormalities can lead to congenital heart defects and cardiovascular disease. This will help us understand more about how the heart works, which could lead to new treatments for heart conditions.

My project is just one of more than 1,000 that the BHF funds at universities, investigating every aspect of heart and circulatory disease, from causes and better drugs to improving surgical techniques. Each of these is only made possible by the BHF’s supporters and each unwanted item donated brings us one step closer to the next big breakthrough.

I cannot thank the people of the north east enough for helping to support such an important cause.

There are 332,000 people living with cardiovascular disease in the area and I’m sure every reader will have been touched by heart disease, whether personally, through a family member or friend.

If you are yet to have your clear-out, or would like to support your BHF shop at other times, the charity is always in need of items to fill its rails so please do keep it in mind.

To find your local shop, order donation bags or find out about the free home collection service, please visit

Professor Deborah


BHF funded researcher