Heart and circulatory disease is a major killer in Britain. It causes around 160,000 deaths every single year, over a quarter of all deaths across the UK. Although coronary heart disease is the most common type of cardiovascular disease, there are around seven million people in the UK living with some form of heart or circulatory disease. That's a lot of people in need of support. Therefore, the work of heart charities plays a vital role.
Why Volunteer With A Heart Charity?
In the UK, one person is admitted to hospital every three minutes because of a heart attack. As there are so many people affected by heart problems, you could make a real difference to lots of people when you volunteer with a heart charity.
Whether it's raising awareness to help prevent issues developing or lending your time in an office, volunteering can be hugely rewarding. You can pick up new skills, meet new people, and find yourself having a great time while helping a worthy cause.
How To Help Heart Charities
VOLUNTEER IN A CHARITY SHOP
Lots of organisations have shops where they sell donated items, to raise funds for their charitable endeavours. They need volunteers to help manage and sort through donations, put out stock and help customers, and this is something you can help - even if you only have a few hours a week to spare.
HELP IN AN OFFICE
Whether it's keeping in touch with all those charity shops, coordinating campaigns or performing administrative tasks, large charities often need lots of people to work in their offices. Even small organisations can need office volunteers, which can be great for getting back out into a working environment or even embarking on a new career path.
DONATE YOUR THINGS
If you don't have the time to volunteer, you could help by donating your old possessions instead. If you're having a clear-out, moving home, or just have some spare things lying around you don't need, what you have no use for could be sold by a charity shop instead.
RAISE AWARENESS AT AN EVENT
From festivals to parades, running races and cycling events, there's always something going on to attract the crowds. These events provide the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about heart issues. Prevention is usually the best cure, and even if you don't have a lot of time, dedicating an afternoon to raising awareness could have a huge impact on someone's health. You may even find that charities such as the British Heart Foundation put on events themselves to help raise funds, so you could volunteer at these too.
APPLY FOR A PUBLIC DEFIBRILLATOR
Applying for defibrillator funding is a great way to bring an added element of safety to your local community. Whether it's for your local sports club or a remote walking spot that sees a lot of hikers, a Public Access Defibrillator could help to save lives.
Things To Know Before You Help
Every charity shop will have their own policy on the things they can accept as donations. Some won't accept certain electrical items, for example, so it's a good idea to check with them beforehand.
Where To Get Started
People's Postcode Lottery players have raised over £450 Million so far for a range of charities, so why not sign up to play today? You could also take a look at which heart charities are in need of volunteers, and find the role that suits you best.