Our areas of work

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

Research into heart and circulatory diseases

We are the UK's number one heart charity and through 50 years of funding cutting edge research we have already made a big difference to people's lives. Today, we are funding thousands of research projects around the UK that are helping us beat heartbreak forever.

We fund the brightest and best research into heart and circulatory diseases. This could be a PhD student at a well-known University or a collaboration between a top BHF Professor and a lesser known Institute.

Research that helps children

In the 1950s around seven out of ten babies with a complex congenital heart condition died before their first birthday. Today, thanks to advances in treatment and care, more than eight out of ten babies with congenital heart disease grow up to be adults.

Your money helps us fund hundreds of top scientists all over the UK, including the work of BHF Professor Shoumo Bhattacharya, whose team is investigating the genetics behind why some babies are born with heart problems, with the ultimate aim of preventing them altogether.

Where it's needed most

Choosing to support the British Heart Foundation through your fund in this way means you’ll be funding a variety of our work; from research to CPR training.

We help people millions of people every year with our up to date information about heart disease so the UK public are better informed. Our publications and Heart Helpline offer vital information for heart patients.

We work hard to protect heart health and fight for better services for heart patients. We are also taking our fight to politicians, government officials, workplaces and schools.

BHF nurses

We currently support over 1,300 healthcare professionals as well as providing resources and advice. Cardiac nurses provide care at the frontline: supporting them, their families and carers through a difficult time in their lives. 

Mending broken hearts

Heart failure affects over three quarters of a million people in the UK today, and for many it causes frightening and prolonged suffering.

But now, the Mending Broken Hearts appeal is giving patients and their families hope for a cure for heart failure. We are bringing together the world's leading scientists in the field of regenerative medicine and funding a groundbreaking research programme that aims to repair heart muscle damaged by a heart attack.