A SCARBOROUGH heart patient is on the lookout for volunteers to help save lives by raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.
With National Heart Month on the horizon, the charity is appealing for people to help out in February by fundraising for them as part of their annual Red for Heart campaign.
Barrie Heath, of South Cliff, who has suffered two heart attacks and regular angina attacks, has been volunteering for the charity since 2008 as an In Memoriam Secretary for Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, and has so far helped raise close to £30,000.
Mr Heath said: “Heart disease touched my life when I had a heart attack, aged 25, in 1984.
“This came as a complete shock since I was always fit, healthy and active. I then had a triple heart bypass in 2004 and am now on medication.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the heart research funded by the British Heart Foundation.
“Volunteering is my way of giving back. I’m encouraging everyone in Scarborough to do their bit for the Red for Heart campaign this February.”
Mr Heath’s children, Ryan, 24, and 19-year-old Abi, were also born with congenital heart conditions but are now fit and well following surgery.
The British Heart Foundation is asking companies, schools and individuals across the East Coast to raise money to support the fundraising campaign which encourages people across the UK to think about their hearts and raise money to save lives.
It is also looking for people to wear red on February 24 and raise money through cake sales, collections at work or anything else people can think of.
Sharon Oakley, fundraising manager for North and East Yorkshire, added: “National Heart Month is an important time for everyone to think about their own hearts and of those around them. Our Red for Heart campaign is our way of raising money to continue saving lives.
“This year we are delighted to be able to award a VIP Pod for the York Wheel to the British Heart Foundation supporter in North and East Yorkshire whose Red for Heart fundraising activity raises the most funds.”
To find out more and to order a free Red for Heart fundraising kit, visit bhf.org.uk/red or call 0300 3300645.