Handbag charity event raises £750

By Dean

01 Aug 2016

[caption id="attachment_71027" align="f-align-medium-right f-align-center" width="452"] (left to right) Alex Murch - RBS, Michelle Hunt - Heartbeat, Sadie Sharples - RBS[/caption]

A fundraising event held in honour of Preston based charity Heartbeat has seen women from across the area donate a total of 46 handbags, pieces of jewellery and accessories to the cause.

Organised by the banks employees, Sadie Sharples and Mandy Coupe, the event which took place on Thursday, June 30 2016 was attended by 50 women from the local area. The money raised was amassed from ticket sales for the evening along with a raffle.

Heartbeat was founded in 1978 by Keith and Rose Redman who sadly lost their teenage daughter, Gillian, to heart disease. Keith and Rose recognised the need to develop support and enhanced rehabilitation for people affected by heart disease after the hospital discharge. This pioneering approach to cardiac rehabilitation has provided support to thousands of people over Heartbeat’s 38 year history.

“We were thrilled with the results of the first event so decided to make it an annual occurrence and this years’ event has been another great success. The array of different bags that were donated will sell out in days I am sure! The ladies night was really well attended and people gave very generously. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their kind contributions.” Jill Rogerson, Chief Executive at Heartbeat, said: “On behalf of Heartbeat and the fundraising team, I would like to say a huge thank you to both Sadie, our relationship manager, and Mandy from Royal Bank of Scotland, for organising and hosting the event on our behalf; it was a very enjoyable and innovative event. Raising funds for our vital work is always a challenge but it is made easier through the generosity of some of our corporate supporters.”

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