Motherwell Football Club are delighted to announce British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland as our official shorts sponsor for the first team.
The BHF was set up in 1961 and is the biggest independent funder of research into heart and circulatory diseases.
Heart and circulatory diseases cause around three in 10 (30 per cent) of all deaths in Scotland. That’s nearly 50 people per day, or 1,440 per month.
Their cause is hugely important to our football club. We lost our captain, Phil O’Donnell, to heart failure in 2007. Heart diseases also affect many in our community.
Since the BHF was established, the annual number of heart and circulatory deaths in Scotland has fallen by half. Advances in research have saved and improved millions of lives.
But heart diseases, strokes, vascular dementia and their risk factors, such as diabetes, still cause heartbreak on every street. BHF’s vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.
BHF Scotland is currently funding £66m of research into heart and circulatory disease across Scotland, including at its Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh. They also fund research at universities in St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Motherwell Football Club,” James Cant, BHF Scotland director, said.
“The club has a fantastic fan base and plays a hugely positive role in the local community. This partnership will help us raise awareness of the importance of tackling heart and circulatory diseases.
“Every year in Scotland around 17,000 lives are lost to these conditions. That’s more than the capacity of Fir Park.
“We want this to change. We have made phenomenal progress over the years but we’re determined to do more.
“Here in Scotland, we are currently funding £66m of research spearheaded by our pioneering scientists, including at our Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh. That’s made possible thanks to the generous support of the public.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to link up with Motherwell FC and we look forward to working together to help beat heartbreak forever.“
Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with BHF Scotland, a cause very close to our club.
“We are looking forward to promoting their cause, and making sure we can work together to help towards their goal of eradicating heart diseases.”
The BHF’s goal is to beat heart and circulatory diseases forever. Text GOAL to 70123 to donate £3 to help fund life saving research.
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