Charity DJ night in memory of Donald proved to be a real hit

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THE BIG-hearted Ritchie family from Forfar raised more than £7,250 for British Heart Foundation Scotland at their recent raffle and DJ evening in the town’s Strathmore Hall.

The family was inspired to organise the event in memory of Donald Ritchie, who died of cardiomyopathy in 2010, aged just 33 and leaving his wife, Shona, who was 12 weeks pregnant.

Shona went on to have a baby girl called Hannah. And with the help and support of family and friends and Donald’s mother and sister, Christine and Elaine, presented a cheque for more than £7,250 to British Heart Foundation Scotland’s local fund raising Volunteer Manager, Kathy McIlwaine, for the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Elaine said: “This money was raised thanks to the tremendous support and donations from many local businesses, from friends and family, and the personal help of some of Donald’s friends, who gave their time and expertise free of charge on the night. It’s great to know that our efforts will make a difference in helping to beat heart disease for good. Donald would have been so proud.”

British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Kathy McIlwaine added: “We’d like to thank the Ritchie family and their friends for organising such a fantastic event and for presenting us with such a generous donation today. We can only continue our life-saving and life-changing work thanks to money raised from events like this. That’s why we urgently need more people like the Ritchies to support us in Forfar. Keep working with us and together we will beat heart disease.”

The vital funds raised are going towards the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. Almost 70,000 Scots are living with heart failure and for many, the suffering can be terrifying. Those worst affected face a life expectancy less than that of many cancer patients. But now the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal is giving those with heart failure and their families hope for a cure by funding ground-breaking research. Bringing together the world’s leading scientists in the field of regenerative medicine, the research aims to repair heart muscle damaged by a heart attack.

If you would like to find out more about organising your own fund raising event for BHF Scotland, or are interested in volunteering, please call Kathy McIlwaine on 01466 740375 or email mcilwainek@bhf.org.uk. For more information about the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal you can visit the website by going to bhf.org.uk/findthecure