Our areas of work

Donations to Give in Celebration pages will fund research into heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors.


Diabetes increases your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases. When he was 19, Andrew had his left leg amputated because he had cancer in the knee. So when he was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he was very determined to look after his health to prevent any further amputations. Andrew and his long-term partner, also called Andrew, have weathered the diabetes diagnosis and are looking forward to a very special Christmas - they are getting married at the start of December.

The BHF are looking at ways to prevent people living with diabetes such as Andrew from developing heart and circulatory diseases.


Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia, affecting around 150,000 people in the UK. We fund research to help better understand this condition so in the future we can develop ways to prevent, treat and cure it.

Being diagnosed with vascular dementia in her forties wasn’t what Dianne expected, but her caring and generous nature led her to start up a weekly memory project in her local church. This festive period, she’ll be continuing to make sure other people with memory problems in her community enjoy the benefits of a home-cooked meal, gentle exercise and friendly conversation.


Just 24 hours after Leo was born last November, new parents Aimee and Alex received the news that their baby had several heart defects. He was rushed to intensive care and had life-saving surgery within days. “Against the odds we managed to get him home for his first Christmas,” says Aimee. “This year will be different and we’ll enjoy the Christmas we never thought he would make.” 

In the UK, 12 babies are diagnosed with congenital heart disease every day. Our research aims to find better ways to diagnose and treat congenital heart disease. Thanks to your generosity, we are keeping more families together and getting closer to beating heartbreak forever.





Christmas 2014 was especially exciting for Anna’s family – her son Henry had been born a month earlier and everyone was looking forward to the baby’s first Christmas. But, aged only 25, Anna had a life-changing stroke that Christmas Day. Anna’s mobility and her right arm were seriously affected. Motivated to look after her son, she eventually overcame the mental and physical challenges she faced and this year she’ll be celebrating together with her family.

Every day, around 660 people go to hospital in the UK due to a stroke, and the most recent mortality data gives 36,000 deaths every year from stroke. But thanks to your support, we are funding vital research to find new treatments.