February is Heart Month

Charity puts its heart into national awareness month!

Hundreds of little knitted hearts are being scattered across the South West this month (Feb) as part of an awareness campaign for National Heart Month, which puts the spotlight on those with heart problems.

The hearts have been created by generous knitters in Gloucester for local charity Heart Heroes, which is dedicated to supporting children with congenital heart conditions, and their families.

Heart Heroes has asked its families and supporters across the region to leave the knitted hearts (all carefully sealed in bags) out and about in locations from Cornwall and Devon to the Forest of Dean, Wales to Bristol, and everywhere in between. Altogether, around 500 hearts will distributed.

If anyone finds a heart they are being asked to post about it on social media, using hashtag #Heartfamilies or #Heartchildren, to raise awareness for the work Heart Heroes does. With each heart is a short poem:

A Heart Heroes hug is what you have found,
We want to create lockdown smiles so don’t leave it on the ground. 
We’re just raising heart month awareness, 
Tag us on social media to boost everyone’s happiness.

The campaign builds on another run by Heart Heroes last September, when knitted teddies were left around Gloucester, again to raise awareness through social media.

“National Heart Month is an important month in our calendar and a great opportunity to raise awareness of what we do as a charity, and also what our families and the children have to go through,” said Heart Heroes founder Kelly Cornish.

“We’re now helping families throughout the South West. We are there to support the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, as well as the children themselves, when they have to go through extensive treatment and hospitalisation.”

And separately, Heart Heroes is being given a boost by Brazilian pop artist Renée Melo. Renée has collaborated with sweet maker Swizzles to create a piece of artwork made from Love Hearts, to mark Valentine’s Day. It will be auctioned in aid of Heart Heroes.

Renée said: “I wanted to create a piece of art that changed over time but remind people that it’s the still the same sweet you know and love which is reinforced with the Pantone Chip. I want to create art that you can almost taste and salivate over and just makes you smile.”

The auction starts at 5pm on February 14 and as well as the Heart Heroes ‘Super Heart’ there are smaller pieces available. For more information visit https://www.reneemelo.art/

For more information about Heart Heroes and the work they do to support families in Gloucestershire and throughout the South West, visit https://heartheroes.co.uk/ or email to Kelly at email@heartheroes.co.uk.