Wear It. Beat It

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


Hello Lovelies, 

Today I have a bit of a different post for you all, some of you may already be aware, some of you may not but my youngest daughter Alicia or Lissy as we call her was born with a heart condition, the heart condition she has is called a VSD or Ventricular Septal Defect, some of you may have heard of this condition as it is more commonly known as a hole in the heart. If you'd like to find out more about VSD see this article

I'm not going to go into detail of Alicia's condition or my experience with diagnosis and treatment etc, that's for another post if you'd like one, this post is to tell you about a fantastic way you can all help to raise money for the British Heart Foundation on Friday 6th February, that's this Friday coming  we don't have much time so I shall tell you how to get involved :-) 

February is heart month but this Friday 6th February the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have a fundraising event called Wear it.Beat it where we can all raise money, or just donate if you'd like to for the BHF, when Alicia was diagnosed with her heart condition the BHF were amazing and really helped me to understand what was going on, my uncle also died of a heart problem and my auntie had a heart condition and died when I was just three, none of this is related to Alicia's condition but as a family the BHF is a charity very close to our hearts if you'll pardon the pun.

I was kindly sent some information from a lovely lady called Lauren at the BHF all about Wear it.Beat it after I'd emailed asking how best I can get involved and let you all know about Wear it.Beat it, so I shall include that information below for you.

I also have some more information at the end of the post showing you some other ways in which you can be involved. 

This is the information Lauren from the BHF sent me - 

Wear It. Beat It. this February for Heart Month and join the nation in the fight against heart and circulatory disease with the British Heart Foundation

Did you know that one in four of our loved ones are lost to heart and circulatory disease each year? It is responsible for almost 160,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 440 people each day. There are currently 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease.  

On the first Friday of the month, 6 February, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is asking the nation to join the fight for every heartbeat and show their support by organising a Wear it. Beat it. Event, as a part of Heart Month, to raise funds for life saving research. Whoever you are doing it for, and whatever you decide to wear, it’s easy for your workplace, school or group of friends to take part.

If you want to get involved with Wear It. Beat It. simply encourage your colleagues, friends or pupils to wear red for a day and host a red event. You will find all the tools you need to help you plan a spectacular red fundraiser in your free fundraising kit available from the BHF, including posters, stickers, recipe ideas and red-themed quizzes.

The BHF is the UK’s number one heart charity. For over 50 years it has pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory disease. It has played a pivotal role in the discoveries of vital treatments helping those affected to live longer, healthier lives. 

This cutting –edge programme of research is powered by your generosity and support. Every pound raised will help make a massive difference to the millions of people living with these conditions.

Help mums, dads, grandparents or babies born with heart and circulatory problems by hosting a Wear It. Beat It. event for the BHF on 6 February.

For more information about Wear it. Beat it. or to donate please visit  bhf.org.uk/red




If you are unable to support a fundraising activity don't worry, you can still be part of Wear it.Beat it. If you have Instagram (here's mine) you can take a photo of yourself wearing red, it can be clothing or you can take a selfie wearing red lipstick and upload it to Instagram and tag the BHF and also use the hashtags #wearitbeatit and #wearitred, their Instagram account is the _bhf (here's a link

You can also text RED to 70060 to donate £3 to the BHF. It's as simple as that, you don't have to hold or attend a fundraising event to join in. If you have Twitter (mine is @mammfulzo) please use the hashtags #wearitred and #wearitbeatit if you upload a tweet or photograph to Twitter, and if you'd like to follow the BHF on Twitter you'll find them at @TheBHF. And by using those hashtags on Twitter and Instagram means you can also see how others are supporting Wear it.Beat It. 

The nursery where Simon teaches are holding a wear it red day so all the staff and children are wearing something red and they are also holding a raffle to raise money for the BHF,  we have donated a lovely heart print make up bag and some strawberry smellies to go inside it as one of the raffle prizes and both Simon and I and both our girls will also be texting RED to 70060 and donating £3 to the BHF as well as wearing red of course, it's a fabulous opportunity to wear red nails and a red lip ;-) 

I'd love it if you could join in with Wear it.Beat it and help to raise money for a fantastic charity whom without it both mine and more importantly Alicia's life would have been much harder, their research and work is invaluable and they deserve so much more recognition than they get, so please get involved if you can, please also feel free to share this post on your blog if you have one and if you don't have a blog please share it via your social media platforms so we can get everyone we know involved in Wear it.Beat it and if you do get involved please let me know, tag me in Instagram photo's or send me links to anything you do to support this great event, I'd love to see how you got involved. 

Thank you so much in advance to those of you who share this post and for those of you who will be getting involved, it means such a lot to me and Simon and of course Alicia. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x






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