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Staff get into the red spirit for charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

Angela Leese, Councillor Mick Bale, Ros Baker, June Bale, Cheryl Lukaszewicz and Tracey Hoogendyk

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STAFF at South Derbyshire District Council have been painting the town red to help raise funds for a worthy cause.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) asked people to pay £1 to Rock Up In Red and join the fight against heart disease on Friday.

As the BHF is one of the chosen charities of council chairman Councillor Mick Bale, employees at the Civic Offices and Depot in Swadlincote, as well as Rosliston Forestry Centre, showed their support by dressing in cherry, crimson and all other shades of the colour.

Not to be upstaged, Councillor Bale wore some striking overalls when taking the collection bucket to various departments with his wife June.

He said: “Everyone wanted to chip in because the BHF does great work to research, support and educate people about the important subject of heart health. We are proud to have done our bit and helped the charity to continue its vital, life saving work.”

The Rock Up In Red day coincided with the launch of National Heart Month.

Louise Parkes, fund-raising director at the BHF, said: “National Heart Month is a great opportunity for everyone to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them.

“We offer our heartfelt thanks to the residents, community groups, schools and businesses of South Derbyshire, including the District Council, for so generously dedicating their time and energy to help us continue our fight for every heartbeat.”

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