Taken and amended from Daily Echo article.
Signing a three-year deal, Wessex Heartbeat are delighted to partner with Totton AFC, to raise money and awareness towards improving cardiac care.
Fundraising initiatives will come from working alongside the Evo-Stik Division One South club, with the charity planning to assist the club where it can; sponsoring some of its community projects and offering the Healthy Heart service to the club’s players and staff.
In return, Totton have allowed the Wessex Heartbeat logo to be displayed proudly pitch-side at the Testwood Stadium, with the main stand being renamed The Wessex Heartbeat Stand.
“We are working hard to reduce heart disease on the front line and our partnership with AFC Totton will allow us to reach tens of thousands of people with our message. We hope to educate the team, supporters and the wider Totton community about the steps they can take to keep their hearts healthy.” - John Munro (CEO of Wessex Heartbeat)
Wessex Heartbeat hopes to set up a regular drop-in session in the Totton clubhouse, offering post-operative support and education for people in Totton that have been affected by heart disease.
“Exercise plays a vital role in keeping hearts healthy and we have a commitment to the whole community to ensure that the wonderful facilities we have here are being used to help everyone – whatever their background, history or experience – get some exercise into their lifestyle.” - Wayne Mew (Chairman of AFC Totton)
Coronary heart disease remains the number one killer in the UK and there are around seven million people living with cardiovascular disease today.