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Pat’s after bags of help for her first fundraiser

CHARITY fundraiser Patricia Hopper is calling on Aldwick residents to have a heart.


Patricia has formed the Aldwick Fundraising Group of the British Heart Foundation to help the charity’s efforts in tackling the  cardiac conditions which can affect all ages.


Her first event will be a coffee morning and bring and buy sale from 10am on September 23 at her home in Queensfield West, opposite the recreation ground, in West Meads.


Patricia and her fellow initial members – Elizabeth Atkins, Diana Mercer and Valerie Pratt – have started by placing collection bins in businesses in the area who have welcomed their efforts.


Patricia, 70, said: “I have been involved with the BHF for many years. I think the reason is that my brother died of a massive heart attack when he was 61 and that was 14 years ago.


“But many people who have heart attacks now can be saved thanks to the research which the BHF has helped to fund because of the work of its volunteers. That makes the donations we raise really important.”


Former bank worker Patricia has toured the laboratories at a Southampton hospital where some of the latest research is taking place. “The work they are doing there is quite amazing,” she said.


“They can save so many people now and the operations they can carry out are unbelievable from young babies upwards.”


Her previous fundraising work for the BHF included ten years of completing the annual London to Brighton bike ride.


“I must have raised thousands of pounds by doing that. I even had my own team – Pat’s Pedallers – and it was easy. Once you got on the bike, it was just a case of staying on it. It was like a day out,” she added.


Donations to Patricia on 07814 821077

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