Aboyne volunteer celebrated by charity

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Dr Jack Taylor from Aboyne has received the Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Award from British Heart Foundation Scotland.

He was given the award for his relentless determination in the fight against heart disease.

Every volunteer is a real heart hero for BHF Scotland, but Jack scooped the accolade for his dedication to the charity.

He played a key role in setting up his local Deeside Fundraising Group, giving his time and sharing his local knowledge and contacts to help the charity keep raising money locally to fund its life saving research.

Dr. Taylor said: “I am delighted to have been given such a special award as there are so many worthy volunteers who give their time to BHF Scotland.

“I have met some lovely people and had some great experiences while volunteering for BHF Scotland.

“There are so many different ways you can get involved, and I would encourage anyone to volunteer for BHF Scotland as it really does make a difference, and it is such a rewarding experience.”

Local fundraising volunteers raise millions of pounds in communities across the UK and there are loads of ways you can get involved. There are plenty of roles to suit your needs and the time you have available.

Great strides have been made but the charity still has much work to do, because no family should have to suffer the sudden devastation that heart disease causes.

Volunteering with BHF Scotland for just half a day a month could fund one of our young scientists to carry out life saving research for a whole hour.

The charity currently provides the funding for around 500 post-doctoral scientists who work in research team’s right across the UK on projects to better understand how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer in Scotland.

For more information about volunteering for the nation’s heart charity visit bhf.org.uk/volunteer or contact Kathy McIlwaine on 01466 740375.