Charity of the Year

  • British Heart Foundation

    We are delighted to be working with the British Heart Foundation as our Charity of the Year for 2018-20.

1610 has joined the fight for every heart beat to help lifesaving research by naming the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as our charity partner for 2018-2020 following a staff vote.


We have made a commitment to raise up to £20,000 for the BHF’s lifesaving research over the next two years via a variety of fundraising activities and encourage members of our local communities to join in.

Today in the UK, around 480 people will go to hospital with a heart attack. About seven in ten will survive to return home. In 1961, when the BHF began, that would have been unthinkable. In those days the odds of survival, let alone recovery, from a heart attack were poor. The BHF lead the fight to change that through pioneering research that paved the way for lifesaving treatments. But there’s still a long way to go - cardiovascular disease (heart conditions and stroke) kills around one in four of us, and takes the lives of more than 100 people under 75 every day in the UK. Around 7million people in the UK face a daily battle with cardiovascular disease.

As the leading independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, the BHF invests over £100 million each year; they are currently funding more than 1,100 projects across 50 UK Universities with over £23m being invested in the South West. The BHF does not receive any government funding; their life-saving research, prevention, survival and support work depends entirely on the generosity of the public.

Message from 1610 CEO, Tim Nightingale: “1610 is delighted to be working in a two year fundraising partnership with the British Heart Foundation during which time 1610 staff hope to raise £20,000 by engaging the local community in a series of sponsored fun and activity based challenges. Staff voted for the BHF as the new 1610 Charity of the Year as they recognise the impact that physical activity has on reducing rates of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke. 1610 works with many recovering cardiac patients under its Wellness Works scheme and staff can see at first hand the effects of the disease and how exercise can help in their recovery. 1610 will be working with the BHF to raise awareness of this as well as much needed funds for a vital and worthwhile cause."

Get involved

You may already be working towards your next fitness goals - but why not tie them in with our charity? Get fit and run for BHF at one of our 10k, 5k or 2k races (part of the 1610 Race Series).

Our centres will be holding a range of charity events throughout the year including fancy dress spinathons, tournaments, coffee mornings, and much more we haven't even thought of yet. Get in touch with your local 1610 centre or check out our Events page for up to date info.

Make a donation

If you would like to make a donation to the BHF, please visit our Just Giving page, every little helps.

Find out more

For more information about BHF and the work they do, please visit their website at