A FUN day to raise awareness of heart disease and the work of the British Heart Foundation is being organised by a student in celebration of her grandad, who has had a heart bypass operation.
The event, which features a Zumba warm-up, a healthy eating workshop and a mini-Olympics, will take place at Sheffield Hallam University’s HUBS from 10am to 2pm on Friday, February 22, during National Heart Month.
Hallam student Stacey Agar, aged 21, of Alderson Place, Highfield, set up the fun day as part of her Events Management course after her 67-year-old grandad Ron Agar underwent a heart bypass operation 16 years ago.
She said: “He was only expected to last for about 10 years, but he’s still going strong now, so he wants to give something back.
“He’s actually more active than ever now.”
Stacey hopes to raise awareness of the problems heart disease can cause and encourage children to eat healthily to help prevent them encountering problems later in life.
She said: “It’s during half term and it’s open to everyone – adults and children. Just turn up, make a donation on the door and have some fun.”
National Heart Month kicks off with Rock Up In Red day on February 1, an annual BHF event where colleagues, friends and pupils wear red to raise money and awareness for the charity.
BHF Fundraising Volunteer Manager Lauren Mallinson said organising a Rock Up In Red event would help to raise funds to continue saving lives.
She said: “National Heart Month is a great opportunity for everyone to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them.
“We offer our heartfelt thanks to Stacey for so generously dedicating her time and energy to help us continue our fight against heart disease.”
* To find out more and to order a Rock Up In Red fundraising kit, visit rockupinred.org.uk or call 0300 330 0645.For more on the Family Fun Day, call Stacey Agar on 07565 248936