Heart group honour

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Volunteers from the British Heart Foundation’s Alfreton, Ripley and District fundraising branch have landed a 
national honour.

The charity team scooped the fundrasing volunteer of the year award for the ‘amazing dedication’ they have shown to raising money to fund lifesaving 
research into heart disease.

Mike Churnside, 
chairman of the branch, said: “On behalf of our local branch volunteers, I would like to say how delighted we are to have been given such a prestigious title as there are many worthy volunteers who give their time to BHF.

“All of us involved have 
become wonderful friends and have so many lovely memories from our first year of volunteering together in the fundraising branch.

“I encourage anyone to volunteer for the BHF as it is such a rewarding experience and you get to meet the most 
fantastic and inspiring people.

“We also receive a lot of 
support as volunteers and there are lots of things you can do to get involved.”

Sophie Jardine, 
fundraising manager for the BHF in Derbyshire, said of the achievement: “I am delighted! The 
Alfreton, Ripley and 
District fundraising branch only launched in early 2013 and they raised over £8,500 in their first year!

“They are always at the forefront of all events and seem to effortlessly juggle numerous tasks at one time.”