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Heart Research UK - "Helping hearts" since 1967
Heart Research UK is a visionary national charity founded in 1967 by Yorkshire heart surgeon Mr David Watson MBE, who realised that patients were dying unnecessarily because of the lack of research into heart disease, especially surgical techniques.
More personally, he was frustrated at having to tell heart patients that there was little he could do to help them and wanted to do more, so he set up the charity to make it happen.
Having paid for six of the first eight successful UK heart transplants, Heart Research UK still funds ground-breaking medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
In the last 10 years the charity has provided over £10.6m to pioneering research projects in hospitals and universities across the UK.
Our current projects include research into improving rehabilitation for children leaving hospital after heart surgery, and providing funding so that the parents of child heart patients leaving Birmingham Children's Hospital can have vital equipment to monitor their health when they get home.
Our work also includes prevention, and we've given £1.2m in the last 10 years to community-based lifestyle projects that aim to help people to reduce their risk of heart disease by improving their lifestyle habits.
We're a national charity that thinks "local" - with everything raised locally being spent locally.
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