Mayor’s concert mends broken hearts

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A HEART-warming programme of piano duets organised by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor has raised £552 for the British Heart Foundation and the Royal Society for the Blind.

The recital, at Sheffield Town Hall, featured pianists Amanda Downing and Chris Andrew.

The British Heart Foundation, currently celebrating its 50th year, was picked by Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley as her chosen charity for the year, along with the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

Coun Dunkley said: “Unfortunately heart disease and circulatory disease is the biggest killer in this city. There are still a lot of people who have impaired lives, impaired quality of life, and unfortunately die quite young.

“I was delighted when the pianists said they would play for my concert.”

Money raised at the concert for the BHF will go towards its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £50 million nationally to fund ground-breaking stem cell research into developing a way for the human heart to regenerate damaged tissue.

The piano recital reflected the Lord Mayor’s musical interests, as she sings in Sheffield’s Escafeld Chorale.

She said: “I am eager to promote the arts in Sheffield, and I would like to leave a legacy in this area. I very much enjoyed the concert.”