The British Heart Foundation’s “Wear it, Beat it” heart health campaign received massive support when business owners in Bawtry turned up in red attire in this small market town and civil parish.
The red-themed campaign that promotes heart health is also a charity drive for various causes.
Recently, the town has raised thousands of pounds in charity funds for various causes such as Aurora, the cancer campaign.
Bawtry Retail Association wear it Red in the heart health cause. (Left to right) Siobhaun Rudd, Amy Chapman and Rebecca Dickenson.
Bawtry Retail Association was actively involved in this heart health campaign as it had adopted the BHF as one of its charities for this year. The association was led by its chairman, Rebecca Dickenson who emphasised that both the heart health and cancer campaigns supported by her organisation were important for the community.
“We are proud to support these two fantastic charities and have lots of events planned in the coming months,” she said, adding
“Both are extremely important to many of our members and Bawtry residents.”
Last year, the association purchased a defibrillator and saw to it that its members were trained. This is something that came in handy.
Rebecca Dickenson, owner of The Vanilla Rooms, lauded the cause as she shared that her son was a beneficiary of the defibrillator.
“It was particularly poignant that I needed to get the defibrillator for my son,” Ms Dickenson said of the equipment.
She commended the support the BRA had put in the campaign.
“Thankfully it wasn’t required and he has made a full recovery but it just shows what a massive difference it could make to someone’s life and the lives of their loved ones,” she added.
The campaign did not only end with the BHF cause as children and Doncaster businesses also extended the campaign to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which support the Leeds Heart Unit.
Many schools were involved in the campaign, among them Hawthorn Primary in Cantley, Bessacarr’s Willow Primary and Carcroft Primary.
“Helping Children’s Heart Surgery Fund to provide vital equipment and support will make such a worthwhile difference to children suffering from congenital heart disease,” said Hawthorn head teacher Diane Wakefield.