Karl fights heart disease by ramping up the red in pop-up Parliament shop

Karl McCartney MP supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) today when the BHF revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster.

Lincoln’s Member of Parliament met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Karl added his voice to the call for people to Ramp up the Red this February and particularly on Friday.

On 7 February, the BHF are urging the public to Ramp up the Red by wearing something red, hosting a red-themed party, or baking some red-coloured treats. After his trip to the pop-up shop, Karl has been inspired to join in too.

Karl McCartney MP said: “I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease by taking part in Ramp up the Red. I hope the public join me on 7 February and help to beat a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.

“By popping up in Parliament, the BHF has reminded us of the vital role their shops play in raising funds for life-saving research.”

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.

Mike Taylor, Retail Director at the BHF, said “We wanted to show MPs just how important our shops are – without our shop staff, including 23,000 volunteers across the UK, we simply couldn’t continue our life-saving work.

“It is fantastic to see Karl McCartney MP showing his support and ramping up the red. All the money raised on 7 February will help us truly fight for every heart beat.”

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For further information, about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit bhf.org.uk/red  or contact Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.