Falkirk Wheel goes Red for Heart during National Heart Month

Iconic structure highlights BHF Scotland fundraising campaign

01 Feb 2012

One of Scotland's most iconic modern structures, The Falkirk Wheel, has turned red as British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland launches National Heart Month.

The Falkirk Wheel will be floodlit red at dusk for the month of February to bring home to locals and visitors that National Heart Month is the ideal time to think about your own heart health, and to go Red for Heart to raise vital funds for BHF Scotland to help beat the nation's biggest killer.

As part of National Heart Month, BHF Scotland is encouraging everyone to support its Red for Heart fundraising campaign and it's really easy to get involved. People can join in National Wear Red Day on Friday 24 February or choose to organise their own fundraising event any time in February - anything goes as long as it's red.  All they need to do is order a free fundraising kit at bhf.org.uk/red or call 0131 555 5891.

Heather Gregory, BHF Scotland's Fundraising Volunteer Manager in Falkirk Heart Town, says:

"Cardiovascular disease can affect anyone, young and old, perhaps a baby born with a hole in the heart or a friend or colleague who suffers a heart attack. Whether you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol we are working to ensure these conditions can one day be eliminated.

"That's why BHF Scotland wants to see people in the Falkirk Heart Town area joining in National Wear Red Day, and organising their own red fundraising events.

"It's wonderful to see such an iconic structure in Falkirk Heart Town lighting up red to highlight our campaign and we really appreciate the support of British Waterways, The Falkirk Wheel's owner. I hope that people who live in the Falkirk Heart Town area, and visitors, will admire this famous modern landmark and remember that BHF Scotland needs their support."

Watching the building turn red were Provost Pat Reid; Bill Brodie, chairman of Falkirk Branch of BHF Scotland; and Andrew Wilson, chairman of Falkirk Heart Town.

Alasdair Smart, Manager of The Falkirk Wheel, says:

"The Falkirk Wheel is an internationally recognised landmark but it is also very much a place and space for local communities to enjoy whether spending time with family or friends or getting out and about for exercise. We are delighted therefore to support BHF Scotland in this initiative to get local people thinking about their own health and how they can help beat Scotland's biggest single killer. We wish BHF Scotland great success with the campaign."


For more information, please contact the BHF Scotland media office:

Marjory Wood, 0131 561 3351, woodm@bhf.org.uk

Clare Shaw, 0131 561 3355, shawc@bhf.org.uk

Out of hours please contact the BHF Press Office on 07764 290381.

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Notes to Editors

-          February 2012 is National Heart Month. Red for Heart is the BHF's fundraising campaign during National Heart Month. For further information about the BHF, Red for Heart or to donate please visit bhf.org.uk/redfeb

-          Heart Towns is a new initiative from the nation's heart charity that brings communities together through local fundraising and volunteering as well as raising awareness of heart disease and offering residents a raft of support services including initiatives for schools, workplace health and lifestyle information resources.

-          The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.



"I hope that people who live in the Falkirk Heart Town area, and visitors, will admire this famous modern landmark and remember that BHF Scotland needs their support." Heather Gregory, BHF

The Falkirk Wheel lit up in red
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