photoLocal MP Andrew Gwynne supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on  when they revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster.

The Denton and Reddish MP met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Andrew added his voice to the call for people in Tameside and Stockport to Ramp up the Red.

The BHF were urging the public to Ramp up the Red by wearing something red, hosting a red-themed party, or baking some red-coloured treats last Friday (7 February).

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease by taking part in Ramp up the Red. I’m sure the public will join me and help to beat a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.

“By popping up in Parliament, the BHF has reminded us of the vital role their shops play in raising funds for life-saving research.”

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.

Mike Taylor, Retail Director at the BHF, said

“We wanted to show MPs just how important our shops are – without our shop staff, including 23,000 volunteers across the UK, we simply couldn’t continue our life-saving work.

“It is fantastic to see Andrew showing their support and ramping up the red. All the money raised will help us truly fight for every heartbeat.”

For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit

Notes to editors

  • All BHF health statistics are based on the latest health surveys and mortality data from the UK’s national statistical agencies
  • Case studies are available for interview. Including men, women and children from all ages and with varying heart conditions
  • For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit
  • Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives
  • For more information on the BHF, visit

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