Kind hearted group wins top award

British Heart Foundation award
British Heart Foundation award
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FUND-RAISERS in Hawick have huge hearts – and it’s official.

Members of the town’s branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have been named its heart heroes.

They were among four Scottish finalists and scooped the top award in BHF Scotland’s Heart Hero Awards – Volunteer of the Year.

Hawick branch secretary and founder member Isabelle Marchbanks dedicated the award to the people of the town.

She said: “We couldn’t believe that we’d won at first, but we’re all absolutely delighted.

“We thoroughly enjoy what we do for BHF Scotland, and get a lot out of it – we all know someone who’s been affected by heart disease.

“But we wouldn’t be able to achieve any of it without the great support we have from the people of Hawick, and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us over the years. I hope you’ll all keep supporting us for the next 35 years!”

The award, which was officially presented yesterday at a ceremony in Beanscene, has been made during BHF Scotland’s Hand on Heart volunteer campaign running throughout June. Volunteers play a vital role in BHF Scotland’s work and last year, they helped raise over £30 million throughout the UK.

Barbara Osborne, Head of Volunteer Fund-raising at BHF Scotland, said: “The volunteers in our Hawick branch have been working tirelessly to raise funds and raise awareness for the nation’s heart charity for an incredible 35 years now.

“They’ve built strong relationships with schools, businesses and other organisations across their community, as well as organising their own well-supported events, such as the recent Fiddlers’ Rally. They’ve raised a staggering £100,000 to support the charity’s life-saving work, as well as encouraging local people to look after their own heart health.

“Even after all this time, they’re keen to try new ideas and they make a fantastic team – each one of them thoroughly deserves this award.”