MLAs urge support for ‘Heart’ month

TWO local Assembly members, Sean Lynch and Bronwyn McGahan are backing this week’s launch of the heart disease awareness campaign, ‘Rock Up in Red with British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland’.

They are asking people to support Heart Month this month by wearing something red this Friday, February 1.

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the North, and the BHF is using February to raise awareness of how we can look after our hearts and, at the same time, help raise funds for research.


The ‘Rock Up in Red’ initiative is asking people to wear something in red  this Friday and donate £2 to the BHF.

To that end, Mr Lynch (59) is encouraging clubs, schools and workplaces to organise an event, not only to raise some money for the charity but also to raise awareness of how we can look after the health our heart.”

A keen cyclist, he is out and about on the roads of Fermanagh when work and time allow, and he is no slouch.

Ten years ago, he completed the 200-mile Border (Cycle) Trek over two days.

He swims once a week and has been a regular student of yoga for some years.

So, whether it is red socks, jumper or even ladies’ painting their nails, anything goes as long as it is red?

A BHF Northern Ireland spokesman said its aim is to fight heart disease until it is no longer the cause of premature death.


“It kills one in four men and women and is responsible for over 4,400 deaths in Northern Ireland each year.”

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