Beat heart disease bid

A SWINTON councillor has helped to drive forward a unique scheme that aims to help tackle heart disease in Rotherham.

Ken Wyatt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, helped to co-ordinate a partnership between the council and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for Rotherham to be recognised as a Heart Town.

There are only 50 Heart Towns in the UK and the initiative hopes to bring communities together through local fundraising and volunteering to help beat heart disease.

As well as raising awareness of heart disease, the British Heart Foundation will be offering residents a raft of support services including schools initiatives, workplace health and health and lifestyle information resources.

A series of route walks around Swinton and Wath are planned as part of the scheme.

Coun Wyatt said: “Heart Town is a fantastic boost for Rotherham. With it being a five year project, it show’s we’re genuinely committed to making the borough a healthier, and happier, place to live.

“Unfortunately, heart disease in Rotherham remains an important, and deadly, issue. Being part of Heart Town gives us another tool to fight against this killer and help to turn around lives.

“The Heart Town project brings awareness of healthy heart issues to local residents and the steps they can take to maintaining their health as well as raising funds for the campaign.”

June Thomas, lead volunteer for the BHF in Rotherham, added: “Our Heart Town communities will learn how to look after their hearts with our practical steps on how to improve lifestyle and heart health. We are delighted that Rotherham has become a Heart Town.”