Cash to improve Exmouth's heart health

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 January 2011

A HEART charity wants to hear ideas on how to improve the health of Exmouth and Budleigh residents.

A HEART charity wants to hear ideas on how to improve the health of Exmouth and Budleigh residents.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) who has a shop in Chapel Street wants to support local projects that would improve the quality of life for heart patients and their carers or promote healthier lifestyles for those at risk of developing heart disease.

The BHF is inviting applications to its Help a Heart Grant programme which makes awards of between £300 and £2,000 available to voluntary and community groups to run projects in their local community.

Grants have been used by local groups in a variety of ways. Previous examples include developing web-based resources for local heart patients. Funds have also been used to run a swimming programme to promote physical activity to groups of young carers, as well as programmes that help heart patients and their carers manage stress.

Lisa Purcell, Heart Health Project Manager at the BHF, said: “Help a Heart grants aim to support small community groups that can make a real difference to people in Devon. Even grants of a few hundred pounds can have an impact.

“If you’re a community group in Exmouth with a great idea to get people fit and healthy in Devon, and improve the lives of local people affected by heart disease, then we want to hear from you.”

For more information about the programme and to download an application pack visit bhf.org.uk/helpaheartgrant.

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