Tower climb to raise funds for heart charity

BHF supporters raise the flag in front of the Arts Tower to launch Take the Stairs 2013.'L-R  Zahra Amirabadi and Jemma Lidgate, BHF supporters from Uni of Sheffield, Dr Rashed Hossain, Research Fellow Cardiology Uni of Sheffield, Stuart Heslington, Chair BHF Sheffield Major Events Ctee
BHF supporters raise the flag in front of the Arts Tower to launch Take the Stairs 2013.'L-R Zahra Amirabadi and Jemma Lidgate, BHF supporters from Uni of Sheffield, Dr Rashed Hossain, Research Fellow Cardiology Uni of Sheffield, Stuart Heslington, Chair BHF Sheffield Major Events Ctee
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CHARITY fundraisers are being challenged to climb one of the tallest buildings in Sheffield - by stomping their way up nearly 400 steps.

The Take The Stairs event is being held at Sheffield University’s 78-metre high Arts Tower, in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Hundreds of people are expected to sign up, including local sporting celebrities such as retired football referee Uriah Rennie, and proceeds will be used to fund research into heart disease and care services.

Dr Timothy Chico, a senior clinical lecturer at the university, said: “This is a great way for people to raise money for research into heart disease, while at the same time reducing their own risk of heart problems in later life.

“Although we’ve made great breakthroughs in understanding how to prevent and treat heart disease, it is still the biggest single cause of death in the UK and we need more research to find new treatments.

“All of us whose research is supported by the BHF are very grateful for the amazing efforts made by their fundraisers and volunteers.”

The challenge is happening on February 24 next year, coinciding with the foundation’s annual campaign, National Heart Month.

Stuart Heslington, major events committee chair for the BHF, said: “This is a unique opportunity to set yourself an exciting challenge in an iconic building to raise money which will help save lives.”

Mr Heslington was 15 when he lost his father to heart disease and he said he doesn’t want others to experience similar losses.

Meanwhile Uriah Rennie said he was ‘very pleased’ to sign up.

“It is a great way of raising awareness of the vital work the foundation is involved in,” he said.

To take part, email frsupport@bhf.org.uk, register online at www.bhf.org.uk/takethestairschallenge, call 0121 661 5100 or 07973 469 798.