The British Heart Foundation has appealed for help saving lives after opening a fundraising branch in Wakefield.
The branch was officially opened by Mayor of Wakefield Coun Brian Holmes and Mayoress Coun Janet Holmes at the town hall on Wednesday.
It will bring British Heart Foundation (BHF) volunteers and fundraisers from the Wakefield district together to boost support for the charity.
Coun Holmes said he had chosen BHF and Take Heart, which raises cash for the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary, as his two nominated charities during his term of office.
He said: “Both charities are dear to the Maroyess and I and we strongly urge everyone to get involved with fundraising activities organised by the Mayor’s office.
“We want to contribute as much money as we can to help these organisations with their research into heart disease and patient aftercare.”
BHF, which was launched more than 50 years ago, carries out research which has led to life changing treatments for sufferers of heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.
Sue Green, BHF’s fundraising volunteer manager, said: “Sadly, coronary heart disease touches us all. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to many mums, dads, and grandparents who survive a heart attach and endure the daily battles of heart failure.
“Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to BHF shop will help make a difference to people’s lives.”
For information about joining BHF, call 01274 548324, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to bhf.org.uk