Published: Monday, March 19th, 2012
National NHS Board continues to help mend broken hearts
Scotland's largest heart centre has raised £8,500 for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
Staff at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital – home of regional and national heart and lung services – raised the money at a black tie dinner.
Journalist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart compered the event, which took place in the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Clydebank, on Saturday 18 February 2011.
The nation's heart charity launched the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal in 2011 – their 50th anniversary – in order to carry out ground-breaking research that could begin to literally 'mend broken hearts' in as little as 10 years.
The NHS National Waiting Times Centre – a national resource which manages the Golden Jubilee – supports the appeal because they share BHF Scotland's vision that people will no longer die prematurely from heart disease.
Speaking after the event, Jeane Freeman, Chair of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre, commented: "The Golden Jubilee not only provides high quality patient care to the thousands of heart patients who come into contact with us - through the innovation and research of our highly skilled clinical staff, we are also working hard for better results in the treatment of heart disease for future patients.
"Our partnership with BHF Scotland ensures that we can jointly make a difference, whether through research, patient care or fundraising. This is a relationship that will continue – and hopefully in another 10 years time, together we really will mend broken hearts."
Barbara Osborne, BHF Scotland's Head of Volunteer Fundraising, said: "We're hugely grateful to everyone at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital who helped make this event such a great success. All the money raised on the night will help fund our vital research and give hope to thousands of people across Scotland who are living with heart disease."
The event was attended by over 130 people, with the auction and raffle prizes – donated by many of Scotland's biggest businesses – bringing in almost half of the money raised on the night.