Ecrubox ends month of good deeds for heart research - The Evesham Observer

Ecrubox ends month of good deeds for heart research

Evesham Editorial 4th Dec, 2020   0

CARING staff at a county business carried out a month of good deeds in their local community to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving research.

Colleagues at Ecrubox, a global digital marketing agency in Severn Street, Worcester have committed to one good deed a day since the start of November.

So far, the team have made donations to local shelters, taught senior citizens how to make video calls and donated their time to support others who are struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They have asked for donations to the BHF for their kind efforts and have also pledged to match fund every pound donated.

For Sebastian Horton, co-founder and operations manager at Ecrubox, the decision to fund-raise for the BHF is a personal one.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Pershore, needed surgery last year to repair one of his heart valves.

Sebastian had been diagnosed with a heart murmur in his early 20s, before further tests in his 30s revealed that that his mitral valve was leaking. He received regular check-ups and remained asymptomatic for years – but, 18 months ago, medics discovered that the leak had become severe.

The dad-of-three then required open heart surgery at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire in June 2019 to repair the damaged valve. He has since made a full recovery.

He said: “This marked the first ever major operation that I’ve had, and I couldn’t applaud the hospital more for the treatment I received.

“It is amazing that, thanks to surgery, I have potentially avoided very serious complications down the road. This has meant that I’ve been able to create more happy memories with my wife and three children.

“Knowing that the money we raise will help the BHF fund vital research into heart and circulatory conditions like mine is incredible.

“Our month of good deeds, which we are carrying out in a responsible, socially distanced manner and in accordance with lockdown restrictions, is also a wonderful way to help support and give back to a community that has been so welcoming.”

In Worcestershire alone, around 74,000 people are living with the daily burden of heart and circulatory diseases. These conditions cause 140 deaths in the county each month.

Karen Robinson, BHF’s fund-raising manager, said: “The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means the BHF’s investment in new research could fall by around £50million this year.

“This research is entirely fuelled by the generous donations of the public, and that’s why we need their support now, more than ever.”

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To find out about supporting BHF in 2021 e-mail at [email protected] or call 07388 945024.


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