Local MP Fiona Mactaggart joined the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at its first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster. Fiona met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research.
Fiona said: “I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease, a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.
“By popping up in Parliament, the BHF has reminded us of the vital role their shops play in raising funds for life-saving research. I use the BHF shop in Slough High Street, I like their range of costume jewellery. I encourage constituents to shop there too as it stocks a range of goods and shopping also helps a good cause.”
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.
Mike Taylor, Retail Director at the BHF, said “We wanted to show MPs just how important our shops are – without our shop staff, including 23,000 volunteers across the UK, we simply couldn’t continue our life-saving work. It is fantastic to see Fiona showing her support”.