Employees of Westinghouse Springfields have chosen the local charity Heartbeat as their chosen site charity for the next three years.
The task is now on to raise as much money as possible for Heartbeat which provides services out of 11 local locations, including Preston, Blackpool, Chorley and Kirkham.
Representatives from the charity visited Springfields to help kick-off the fund-raising efforts across the Westinghouse-operated nuclear fuel manufacturing site. Heartbeat supports people who have been affected by heart disease or those who are at high risk of developing it. They are committed to the fight to reduce the impact of heart disease throughout the North West through rehabilitation, information and advice, education and lifestyle support.
Heartbeat is 100% reliant on voluntary donations to run their vital services, such as their professionally supervised programme of cardiac rehabilitation designed to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and heart procedures. Their aim is to enable patients to increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems.
Heartbeat is delighted that Springfields has chosen to help them. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Heartbeat,” said Michelle Hunt, Heartbeat’s Fundraising Manager, “and we look forward to working with the Springfields employees in the coming years to help make a real difference to the charity."
Any funds raised will be part-matched by the company, as Community Relations Manager, Steve Whitehead explained. “We have traditionally match-funded the first £2,000 raised each year for the Site Chosen Charity over the years and we will continue with this practice for any money raised by employees for Heartbeat.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Heartbeat as our site charity for the next three years. It is a worthwhile charity that affects so many people, especially in the North West area. They have provided support, advice and assistance to a number of our employees over the years and now it’s time to repay some of that help by raising as much as we can for the charity.”
Kind-hearted employees have raised almost £150,000 for good causes over the past 13 years. Other charities supported in recent years include Childline, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, North West Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Care, North West Ambulance First Responders, Barnardo’s, as well as the Royal Preston Hospital Neonatal Unit.