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Madam,

I am writing to thank all of your readers who have signed up to become a Heart Hero with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) this June.

Your readers have been putting their hands on their hearts and the campaign has been a resounding success. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.

Volunteers play a vital role in our lifesaving work and their dedication helps save and improve the lives of those affected by heart disease.

It doesn’t have to stop now June is over and your readers can still sign up to be a Heart Hero and volunteer in whatever way they like. Ideas range from placing collection boxes and volunteering in a BHF Shop to organising their own event, such as a coffee morning.

People only have to give the time they can afford – whether it’s a regular day a week or a few hours a year. Whatever people choose to do, they’ll be able to take pride in the fact they’ve taken time to help the charity’s work in saving lives and fighting heart disease.

Giving a hand to the BHF is easy and fun as well as being extremely rewarding. It is a great way to support the nation’s heart charity so why not find out more by visiting bhf.org.uk/volunteer, email volunteer@bhf.org.uk or call 0300 456 8353.

Chrish Perera, regional head of volunteer fundraising