£2,000 cheque presented to Stop the Heartbreak

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Colleagues behind the University’s Stop the Heartbreak campaign were delighted to receive a £2,000 donation this month.

Stop the Heartbreak is the University’s campaign to raise money to provide cardiac screening for young people aged 14-35 years. The campaign, which is led by Professor Diane Crone, Eve Scarle (Senior Lecturer in the Community of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences) and Carol Loade (Academic Services Manager – Sport and Exercise), received the significant donation from keen supporters, Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The money was raised through fifteen Enterprise employees taking part in a Wolf Run – a sponsored mud, trail and obstacle run.

Eve, Diane and Carol receive the cheque from Enterprise's Gabriella Ragno, Roya Soleimanifar and Ben Smith

Photo caption (left to right): Gabriella Ragno, Head of Student Recruitment for West Midlands Enterprise, Roya Soleimanifar, Head of Sales for Gloucestershire Enterprise, Ben Smith, Business Development Manager Enterprise, Eve Scarle, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Physical Activity, Diane Crone, Professor of Exercise Science and Carol Loade, Academic Services Manager, Sport and Exercise.

Ben Smith, from Enterprise, said: “A team of 15 Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees entered the Wolf Run in an attempt to raise funds for Stop the Heartbreak. As a result of their efforts, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation kindly donated £2,000, which the three of us were delighted to present. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has been a business partner for the University of Gloucestershire for many years and I’m pleased we’re able to help support their fundraising efforts for such a worthy cause.”

Presenting the cheque from Enterprise were two other colleagues, Gabriella Ragno and Roya Soleimanifar who, after the presentation, went on to meet the University’s Employability Team to discuss potential student opportunities within Enterprise.
Twelve young people die every week in the UK from undetected cardiac abnormalities. Stop the Heartbreak has, since 2013, raised £40,000 to provide 800 screening places for people living, working and studying in Gloucestershire. This screening saves lives as it identifies undetected cardiac abnormalities, enabling young people to seek treatment and advice. Donations such as this from Enterprise are a lifeline for the campaign as screening is expensive, costing £50 per person.
Two Stop the Heartbreak screening days (200 screening places) are planned for 2019 thanks to numerous donations, including this large cheque from Enterprise.
Any staff or students who would like to raise money for the campaign or find out how to support it, can contact stoptheheartbreak@glos.ac.uk  or Diane, Eve or Carol directly.
Information about the screening dates and booking requirements will be available shortly. Watch this space.

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