British Heart Foundation Scotland
The Foundation has pledged to raise £25,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) over the course of the 23/24 season and we aim to encourage 50,000 people – the capacity of Ibrox Stadium – to learn lifesaving CPR via BHF’s free on-line tool, RevivR.
RevivR allows people to learn CPR in just 15 minutes and aims to give people the skills and confidence to save a life. It teaches people how to recognise a cardiac arrest, gives feedback on chest compressions and outlines the correct steps in using a defibrillator. All people need is a mobile phone and a firm cushion.
The Foundation will be spreading the word about the RevivR online tool, which can be downloaded HERE, and will also highlight important messages about heart disease, heart health and the resources available to those with heart conditions.
An estimated 700,000 people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in Scotland and the conditions are some of Scotland’s biggest killers, causing around 50 deaths each day.
Former Rangers player and Manager Graeme Souness helped the Foundation announce the BHF Scotland as our new National Charity Partner on world heart day. Souness has personal experience of heart disease and understands firsthand how important the work of the BHF is.
Souness said: “I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease at 38 and had a triple bypass. When I was diagnosed, I was extremely fit. I never thought I’d be the type of person to get heart disease, but if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
“Ten years later, I had a stent fitted as another one of my arteries had become blocked. Then in November 2015, I was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack at home.
“Thankfully, I’m now OK, but without the research the BHF has helped fund into heart and circulatory diseases, it could have been a different story.”
David McColgan, Head of the British Heart Foundation in Scotland commented at the launch: “We’re delighted the Rangers Charity Foundation has chosen BHF Scotland as its National Charity Partner for the season.
“Heart and circulatory diseases are some of Scotland’s biggest killers and we hope this partnership will help us raise awareness in Scotland’s footballing community about the importance of looking after your heart health, while also enabling more people to learn lifesaving CPR skills and raise an incredible amount of money for the British Heart Foundation.”
Rangers Charity Foundation Chief Executive Connal Cochrane added: “The work of the British Heart Foundation Scotland aligns closely with the Foundation’s values in terms of health and well-being and education and we are delighted to be able to combine both these pillars in a project which will roll out life-saving skills to thousands of fans.
“Our donation this season will support the British Heart Foundation’s RevivR app which is a really simple, easy way to learn key skills in your own home which could save a life.
“We also look forward to working with the British Heart Foundation on a number of other initiatives over the course of the season, such as providing free blood pressure checks at some home games for fans and sharing important information about heart health and where to go for help and advice.”
The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity. Its vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases and the charity raises money to research cures and treatments to give people more time with the ones they love. For those living with heart and circulatory diseases the BHF also offers a Heart Helpline for guidance, support and help with access to the services they need. For more information visit bhf.org.uk
Take a look at RevivR HERE and you could save a life!