Worrying research sparks funding drive from local charity

Local group after charity drive
Local group after charity drive
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An average of 150 people die prematurely from coronary heart disease every year in St Helens, according to new research.


The findings prompts local friendship group, St Helens and Warrington Oddfellows held a Beetle Drive on 6 June to raise funds for, and local awareness of, the British Heart Foundation’s fight against cardiovascular disease.

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According to BHF research, the average number of people in St Helens with Coronary Heart Disease is 26,000, with an average of 151 people under the age of 75 dying prematurely from the condition each year. For Warrington, the figures are 21,600 and 140, respectively.

Just over £50 was raised at the event, where Oddfellows members and locals came together to play the old-school party game at their St Helens North Road-based meeting place.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have allies in our battle against cardiovascular disease. The support of the Oddfellows, and the public, really does make a marked difference,” thanked Katherine Stybelski, Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation.

The St Helens and Warrington Oddfellows friendship group meets regularly to enjoy a wide variety of social events and activities, as well as fundraise for good causes.

To find out more about the Oddfellows and future events, visit www.oddfellows.co.uk/events, call Julie Webster on 01744 895538, or email julie.webster@oddfellows.co.uk.

The Oddfellows is also running a free prize draw to win one of two picnic backpacks on its website. To enter visit www.oddfellows.co.uk/healthyheart.