Heart Research UK is 50

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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.

Read more about our history.

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:

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Helping hearts Ball, we raised a wonderful £7,000 from the evening which will go towards research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

The future

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.