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Heart appeal reaches milestone

A huge appeal to raise money for vital life-saving equipment has hit the £100,000 mark.

The British Heart Foundation Heart of Blackburn Appeal reached the milestone after a recent charity ball and a sponsored cycling event.

The appeal aims to raise £128,000 for a 3D echocardiograph machine at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Experts say the vital equipment, which runs a specialised test on the heart, could save thousands of lives in the region.

The machine uses echoes from a high frequency pulse to give a detailed picture of the structure, valves and pumping action of the heart. This helps doctors make the right decisions for treatment.

It gives a live picture of what is happening to the patient’s heart and can detect holes in the heart and other malfunctions that could otherwise only be discovered through surgery.

Barbara Dunn, the British Heart Foundation’s fundraising and volunteer manager in Blackburn, said: “Heart disease is the nation’s biggest killer and this life-saving piece of equipment will greatly increase the chances of survival among patients in the town.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have fundraised so far and I encourage those who haven’t to help reach the target that we need to have this fantastic equipment in your local hospital.”

Dr Ravi Singh, a consultant cardiologist at Royal Blackburn Hospital, donated around £6,000 after holding a charity ball in November for more than 100 guests.

A team of 10 cyclists from 3M asthma inhaler manufacturers in Clitheroe donated £1,880 for the appeal after riding 150 miles from Clitheroe to Bridlington.

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