Published: Monday, November 7th, 2016
TV stars are Still Game for national heart campaign
Mark Cox and Jane McCarry, best known for their roles as Tam and Isa on hit TV show Still Game, are backing the Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s #Heart25 Campaign.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of heart transplantation in Scotland, #Heart25 aims to set the Guinness World Record for the “largest online photo album of people making a heart shaped hand gesture”.
The purpose of the campaign is to not only raise awareness of the difficulties faced by individuals living with heart failure, but to encourage donations to help find new and innovative ways to support and treat patients with the condition.
Commenting on his support of the campaign, Mark Cox said: “I’m delighted to support the #Heart25 campaign, celebrating 25 years of heart transplantation in Scotland.
“While there have been some incredible advancements in treatment and technology for these patients, there is still no cure for heart failure other than a heart transplant.
“Every penny raised from #Heart25 will be used by the team at the Golden Jubilee to improve each patient’s quality of life and find new ways to treat advanced heart failure in Scotland.”
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is the home of the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service and is the only site in Scotland to carry out heart transplantation, caring for patients and their families from all across the country.
Dedicated to leading quality, research and innovation on behalf of the NHS in Scotland, the Hospital’s specialist, multidisciplinary, team carry out complex, life-changing procedures, on a daily basis and have a strong track record in finding new, pioneering treatments for their patients.
Jane McCarry, who stars as “nosey neighbour” Isa, added: “The #Heart25 Campaign is also raising funds to treat the thousands of patients across the country who are left unable to carry out the day to day things which we take for granted.
“Over the last 25 years, more than 350 heart transplants have been carried out in Scotland, helping change hundreds of lives around the country, but the team at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital need your support so they can continue to improve the lives of more families than ever before.
“Please, show your support for the campaign by snapping a picture of your ‘heart shaped hand gesture’, sharing it on the Golden Jubilee’s Facebook or Twitter with #Heart25, and donate to the service.”
Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Jill Young, said: “We are thrilled that Mark and Jane have volunteered to help us spread the word and cannot thank them enough for supporting the #Heart25 Campaign.
“Heart failure affects around 45,000 people across Scotland and Advanced Heart Failure is an invariably fatal condition with only one cure: a transplant. Our team support not only those suffering from advanced heart failure, but help their family, friends and loved ones cope with some of the most difficult times in their lives, working day and night to make sure we are offering the highest possible standard of care for everyone who comes through our doors. But, with your help, we can do even more.
“We are committed to not only helping more people survive heart failure, but supporting them to have the best quality of life possible. Please, help us celebrate 25 years of heart transplantation by breaking the Guinness World Record and donating to our service, allowing us to find new ways to help more patients across Scotland than ever before.”
To take part, and help break the world record, the Golden Jubilee need you to do the following:
1) Put your hands together in the shape of a heart.
2) Get someone to take your picture.
3) “Share” your picture using #Heart25 on:
4) Tag your friends and family to encourage them to take part!
5) Donate £1 to support their service at: www.JustGiving.com/GoldenJubilee-NationalHospital
Date of release: Monday 7 November 2016