Local MP Stephen Williams supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on 6thFebruary when the BHF revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster.
The Bristol West MP met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Stephen Williamsadded his voice to the call for people to Ramp up the Red this February.
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.
The BHF are urging the public to Ramp up the Red by wearing something red, hosting a red-themed party, or baking some red-coloured treats.
Stephen Williams MP said:
"I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease by taking part in Ramp up the Red.
"Although successive governments have understood the importance of preventing heart and circulatory disease, there are still significant and growing public health challenges.
"I'm ramping up the red by supporting the BFH shops on Gloucester Road and Blackboy Hill. Their shops play a vital role in raising funds for life-saving research. I hope the public join me on the 7th February and help to beat a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents."
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 Mr Williams showing his support and ramping up the red. All the money raised on 7 February will help us truly fight for every heartbeat."
For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit bhf.org.uk/red