Players from a local rugby club have raised a phenomenal £1,394 by holding a family fun day to support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.
Al Beazley joined the fight to beat heartbreak forever by organising a family fun day at the Steyning Rugby Club, of which he is a member, which included duck races, a guess the weight of the cake, a raffle, and much more, on Saturday 15 June.
The event was held because a friend and fellow player tragically died after suffering a cardiac arrest outside the changing rooms, at the end of the last match of the season on 7 April 2018. Johnathan ‘PJ’ Harley was just 27 and suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition, and, after being rushed to Brighton Hospital by ambulance, he later died. Al Beazley, Johnathan’s close friend, said about him: “PJ always stood out within the team for his enthusiasm, warmth and infectious smile. It was a tragedy that hit us all hard”.
Al, who organised the event, said: “We are delighted to have raised £1,394, with more to come in, for the BHF’s life saving research. It was an amazing day, so thank you to everyone who made it a success.”
Heart and circulatory diseases touch every one of us in some way. From heart attacks to strokes, cardiac arrest to type 2 diabetes; these diseases are responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the UK every year. Many people in West Sussex suffer heartbreak from losing loved ones to these diseases and others are living with them every day.
With the public’s help, propelled by fantastic events such as Al’s at Steyning Rugby Club, the BHF can fund research that will bring down the shocking statistic that more than 7 million people in the UK are currently living with heart and circulatory diseases and that 25% of the population sadly pass away from them.
Al continued: “I would encourage anyone who is thinking of holding a fundraising event for the BHF to go for it! It was a good excuse to get everyone together, in memory of our friend, whilst raising money for a great cause.”
The BHF is calling on more people to organise their own fundraising events to continue its fight against heart and circulatory diseases – from zumbathons and treasure hunts, to bake sales and quizzes, whichever way you choose to fundraise you can help make a difference to millions. To order your free fundraising pack full of ideas, materials and support visit: www.bhf.org.uk/doyourthing.
Donna Spriggs-Elliott, Head of Community Fundraising at the BHF, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like Al, and all those at Steyning Rugby Club, fundraise for the BHF and we’re incredibly grateful to them for raising £1,394.
“We urgently need more people to join our fight to beat heartbreak forever and help power our life saving research. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make, so that’s why we’re calling on everyone across the UK to organise their own fundraising event to help support our vital work.”
To support Al and Steyning Rugby Club’s fundraising, they have set up a dedicated Gift of Hope page in memory of Jonathan. You can visit it at: giftofhope.bhf.org.uk/In-
For inspiration and everything you need to organise a successful event, sign up to get your free fundraising pack by visiting: www.bhf.org.uk/doyourthing