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Duke of Edinburgh celebrates over 55 years as patron of the British Heart Foundation

The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a dinner at St James’s Palace for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The Duke has served as the royal patron for over 55 years. According to the BHF, 2,000 families lose a loved one to heart disease each week.

More than 100 guests joined him to celebrate how far the world has come in the fight against heart disease. In a press release from the BHF, Simon Gillespie, the Chief Executive of the organisation said: “This was such an incredible opportunity to celebrate our patron, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, for his unwavering and generous support for the BHF, and his continuing dedication to our fight against heart disease through life-saving research.”

The Duke has been the royal patron of the BHF since its inception in 1961. The BHF funds around £100 million of research each year. The BHF researches various heart conditions, their diagnosis and their treatment. It is the largest funder of cardiovascular research in the United Kingdom. The BHF researches angina, coronary heart disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rythmns, stroke and high blood pressure and drugs.

The Duke wrote the foreword to the book 50 years at the Heart of Health saying: “It is clear that much progress has been made in reducing the number of premature deaths, but heart and circulatory disease still remains the most frequent cause of death in this country. The need for the BHF is as great as ever.

“Researchers could not have achieved their major advances without the help of grants from the BHF, and these would not have been possible without generous donations from the public.”

To help mark this milestone, the Duke met with volunteers, researchers, donors, and supporters at the reception. On the organisation’s website, you can leave a donation in your will to help the fight against heart disease.

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