SAL is happy to support the British Heart Foundation as their nominated charity
Working together to beat heartbreak:
At Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL), we’re really excited to be partnering with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and look forward to working collaboratively to create a partnership that makes a tangible difference – not just in raising funds to help heart patients across the UK – but also in engaging, listening to and directly involving our members, many of whom may have been personally affected by cardiovascular diseases. Our hope is that this partnership can create a lasting legacy for all our members, families and communities.
About the BHF:
60 years of beating heartbreak
The BHF raise money to research cures and treatments, so they can beat heartbreak forever. The number of deaths from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK has halved since the BHF were founded in 1961. The breakthrough that has been made has been better treatments for heart attacks, the UK’s first heart transplant, and new surgical techniques to replace damages heart valves.
Yet, heart and circulatory diseases (including stroke and vascular dementia) remain the leading cause of death worldwide. In the UK, one in four people die from, and 7.6 million people are living with heart and circulatory diseases.
We want to stop people developing heart and circulatory diseases in the future, make sure those with existing conditions and risk factors are detected early. And we want everyone, regardless of factors like gender, age, ethnicity, or where they live, to have access to the treatment, care and support that they need.” – BHF, Strategy to 2030
Beating health inequality:
BHF-funded research has shown that first-generation South Asians are up to 50% more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) than White Europeans in the UK. They are also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a much younger age, and at rates at least twice as high as the general population.
Lifestyle factors may play a role, but BHF research has identified that the increased risk is, in part, genetic.
Better understanding these links and working towards increased community awareness of risk factors and prevention of heart disease is a major priority for the BHF – and that can only be achieved with the support of, and collaboration with, groups within the Asian and other ethnic minority communities who are disproportionately affected.
We are really looking forward to the year ahead and working together with the BHF to beat heartbreak forever.
If you are a SAL member and would like to learn more about the BHF and how you can get involved in this partnership, or ways you could support the BHF, either directly or through your workplace, please get in touch:
Hannah Pennock, Community Fundraising Manager
07384 818748 or firstname.lastname@example.org