Charity celebrates raising almost £160,000 for a worthwhile cause over past 16 years

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Charity volunteers are celebrating after raising nearly £160,000 for a cause close to their hearts.

In the 16 years since the Matlock branch of the British Heart Foundation was set up, its members have raised £158,470 for the charity through a mixture of fundraising events, donations and collections.

The branch was founded by the late Selwyn Morris and his wife, Dot, who remains active in the group and acts as chairman.

The group’s achievement was celebrated at its annual general meeting on October 13.

The money raised by the branch is used to help the charity continue offering advice on prevention of heart problems and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

It will also help the British Heart Foundation to give support to people suffering from, or at risk of, heart disease, as well as fund research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The Matlock branch is already planning fundraising events for next year and is keen to publicise its activities.

The charity also welcomes any offers of help and support offered by members of the public.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the cause is asked to contact the branch secretary, Gordon Mcglone, by calling 01629 735080.

Alternatively, email gordonandlorraine@btinternet.com.