About the charity

The BHF funds life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases like heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia, along with their risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure. We aim to find cures and treatments, so we can give people more time with the ones they love.

Since launching in 1961, our work has helped to cut UK deaths from heart and circulatory diseases by more than half. Our ground-breaking science contributed to the first UK heart transplant, and we have also helped fund breakthroughs like pacemakers, portable defibrillators, and heart valve replacements.

Today, we continue funding research to save and improve lives – and in Manchester alone, the BHF currently funds over £16.4 million of research at local universities.

However, despite decades of progress, we still have so much more to do.

Around 320,000 people are currently living with the daily burden of a heart or circulatory disease in Greater Manchester. We estimate that more than half of the population in the UK will be living with one of these conditions in our lifetime.  Plus, around twice as many people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK than with cancer and Alzheimer’s combined.

Sadly, every 80 minutes, someone in Greater Manchester dies from a heart or circulatory disease. Behind these statistics are real people who have tragically lost a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend.

How you can help

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) are proud to be part of the I Love Manchester Charity Challenge 2022.

To mark the significance of the number 80, the BHF’s local fundraising team have launched a new challenge. The chosen participant will pledge to run or walk 80km over a two-week period. In addition, they will complete a daily circuit of 80 burpees each, 80 star jumps and 80 sit-ups.

All money raised will help the BHF continue to fund its life saving research, which is needed now more than ever.