The Jersey Heart Ball, sponsored by Dandara, takes place at the Royal Yacht on Saturday 15th February and marks an important milestone in the development of the Jersey Heart Support Group.
This is the second Heart Ball organised by the charity, which provides advice and practical support for people with a heart condition, or their relatives. This year the Jersey Heart Support Group has formed a partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch to ramp up the messages about heart care and is calling on all people this Valentine’s Day to care for their partner’s heart, perhaps through more exercise or a healthier diet.
Phil Volante, Chair of the Jersey Heart Support Group said, “We are really looking forward to this year’s Heart Ball in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch. We are building on the success of last year’s event and will use the Ball to publicise some forthcoming initiatives and events for our members and the general public that will increase awareness of heart disease, the potential causes and the things people can do to limit the risks. A lot of the time, by working together, couples, families and even close friends can help each other to have a healthy heart. We would like to get the whole community thinking along those lines and the Heart Ball is the ideal way to get that campaign rolling.”
Haydn Taylor, who was recently appointed Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch said, “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Jersey Heart Ball for the first time and to support the tremendous work that is being done by the Jersey Heart Support Group. The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s No 1 Heart Charity and we aim to play a leading role in the fight against diseases of the heart by supporting vital, pioneering research into their causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment which benefits many Islanders. We are currently funding over 1,000 projects which are investigating every aspect of heart and circulatory disease from causes and safer drugs to improving surgical techniques. Funds raised by the ball will in part go to supporting this very important aspect of our work which accounts for a large proportion of the money spent each year by the charity.”
Tickets for the Jersey Heart Ball have sold well and half of the proceeds will be used by the charity for its work, with the remainder going to the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch.
The event will be hosted by the Jersey Heart Support Group and the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch and there will be an auction featuring a number of heart-warming lots including a limited edition Man of Steel collectors pack from Jersey Post, a signed, limited edition silkscreen print by Sir Peter Blake, ‘I Love You’ and Cane-Line folding chairs and table. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Jersey Bounce Band.
The Jersey Heart Support Group has recently launched its Defibrillators in Schools campaign. The first batch is being presented during the next couple of weeks with the first unit presented on 11th February to Beaulieu Convent. The aim is to have a defibrillator in all Island schools.