Community groups in Wales have just two weeks left to apply for a regional grant of up to £10,000 to help local people look after their hearts.
National charity Heart Research UK is urging groups to submit applications for the Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant before 14 March.
The Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant is available for new and innovative projects that promote healthy hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease in the community. Projects should demonstrate health initiatives such as cooking skills and healthy eating and should encourage people to move more and promote positive mental wellbeing.
The beneficiary of the Welsh Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant for 2018 was Rhondda Netball, which gave women and girls from Rhondda the opportunity to improve their heart health and make new friends through netball.
The £10,000 has been raised locally in Subway® stores throughout the Wales region, and through the nationwide Subway Helping Hearts™ family 5K fun runs including one in Newport.
Sarah Mirfin, Healthy Heart Coordinator at Heart Research UK said: “At Heart Research UK we’re always looking to the future and thinking of new and improved ways of promoting heart health.
“We’re looking for a project that’s innovative, heart focused, engaging and makes an impact. If you have a great project idea and want our help to take on heart disease in your community, this is your last chance to apply.”
Colin Hughes, Subway’s Country Director for the UK & Ireland, said: “We are so proud of the generosity of our guests who donate to our charity partner Heart Research UK through our network of collection boxes, which are in every Subway store. This programme allows us to proudly offer this Healthy Heart Grant to Wales.
“We know that these grants go a long way to help others in helping with their heart health. We’re delighted that our initiatives with Heart Research UK are recognised and give people opportunities to improve their heart health that they otherwise might not have had.”
Jody Barnes, Operations Manager for Rhondda Netball, said: “In Rhondda, male sport dominates. Females experience an enormous lack of opportunities, and throughout the region obesity is widespread and a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity is at an all-time high. We wanted to change that.
“We wanted to give power back to the girls and make our activities available to as many females in Rhondda as possible, to help boost the heart-health of Welsh women.”
The deadline for applying is 14 March and can be done by visiting https://heartresearch.org.uk/apply-for-grants/healthy-hearts. For more information, please call 0113 234 7474 or email [email protected]