Join us throughout 2017 to celebrate 50 years of Helping hearts near you.
Helping hearts in 1967
Our founder, Mr David Watson, was working as a heart surgeon at Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds. At this time, open heart surgery was incredibly risky, but he was optimistic that with more research, heart surgery could become safer.
After trying to find funding from a number of sources and receiving many knock backs, Mr Watson asked the people of Leeds to help, by raising money to fund the much needed research into heart surgery. In 1967, the National Heart Research Fund (NHRF) - now Heart Research UK - was born.
Celebrate with us
Throughout our anniversary year, we will celebrate 50 years of innovative research and achievements. Highlighting the research that has made a difference to our lives today, as well as highlighting the opportunities that exist for a heart-healthy future.
Be part of our golden celebratory year by:
- Celebrating with us at our FREE anniversary event at 7 pm on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at Leeds Civic Hall
- Enjoying a gitzy night of glamour at our Helping hearts ball on Saturday 4th March 2017 at The Bramham Hall, Weatherby Racecourse, LS22 5EJ
- Pulling on a Team Heart Research UK vest in the Great North Run, Great Yorkshire Bike Ride or another local sports event
- Joining us, as one of our Corporate partners.
Our expert research panels and peer reviewers go a long way to make sure that we only fund the very best pioneering research projects. As we turn 50 we hope to create the breakthroughs that will help patients before we reach 60, including research that leads to more donor hearts being made suitable for transplant. We will help more children with heart conditions to benefit from our exercise prescriptions as they safely exercise their mended hearts. We will continue to support the next generation to lead heart-healthy lifestyles for healthier, happier longer lives.