Heartbeat for Everest - raising much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation & Himalayan Trust UK

The Charities

Heartbeat for Everest has been established to raise much needed funds for the Himalayan Trust UK and the British Heart Foundation – But why these charities?

The British Heart Foundation

Fight for Every Heartbeat...

The BHF are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but they are leading the fight against it. There pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

There work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.

A vision for a better future

The BHF’s vision is a world where people don’t die prematurely from heart disease.

There new strategy will give them powerful focus in our fight for every heartbeat, and enable them to lead the fight against cardiovascular disease more effectively.

They’ll continue the fight through pioneering heart research, vital prevention and survival activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

50 years fighting heart disease

The BHF was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress they have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease. Explore 50 years of the fight against heart disease.

To learn more about the British Heart Foundation – Click Here

The Statistics

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all disease of the heart and circulation, including heart disease, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation.

  • Cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, or around 160,000 deaths each year
  • There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK
  • The total cost of premature death, lost productivity, hospital treatment and prescriptions relating to cardiovascular disease is estimated at £19 billion each year.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

  • CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer
  • Nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease
  • CHD is responsible for around 73,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day, or one every seven minutes
  • Around 23,000 people under the age of 75 in the UK die from CHD each year
  • 2.3 million people are living with CHD in the UK – over 1.4 million men and 850,000 women
  • Death rates from coronary heart disease are highest in Scotland and the north of England and lowest in the south of England

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction, MI)

  • Most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack
  • There are up to 175,000 heart attacks in the UK each year; that’s one every three minutes
  • Around 110,000 men and 65,000 women in the UK siffer a heart attack each year


  • Stroke causes more than 40,000 deaths in the uk each year
  • In the UK there are 235,000 hospital episodes attributed to stroke each year
  • The BHF estimate 1.3 million people living in the UK have had a stroke  – 650,000 men and 650,000 women.  almost half of these are people under the ager of 75

Artial Fibrillation (AF)

  • Over 1 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
  • It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands more living with undiagnosed AF.

The Himalayan Trust UK

Education for all...

We would all like a world where everybody’s basic needs are met and every child has access to an education. The Himalayan Trust UK aims to ensure this happens in the remote mountainous districts of Nepal – in particular the regions surrounding Everest and Kanchenjunga.

There projects are all requested by the mountain people of Nepal, who contribute to the projects themselves. The Himalayan Trust UK is an experienced organisation, continually working to improve how we manage and monitor the work we do.

The Himalayan Trust UK trustees work on an entirely voluntary basis. A modest 2.5% of funds are spent on administration, all in Nepal, all contributing to the local economy.

 To learn more about the Himalayan Trust UK – Click Here

Why the Himalaya?

Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world and currently ranks 157th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. It is also home to eight of the world’s magnificent 8,000m peaks, including Everest.

In 1953, Mount Everest was first climbed by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, on a British expedition led by Colonel John Hunt. It is recognised that this would have been impossible without the support of the Sherpas.

It was Edmund Hillary and his companion George Lowe who first felt a compulsion to give something back to the Sherpas who had so enriched their lives. Then George Band and his wife Susan.

Today, as in the past decades, the mountain people of Nepal continue to support climbers and trekkers in the Himalayas, and the need and desire to give something back, through the Himalayan Trust UK, is still very much alive and kicking.

The Vision

The Himalayan Trust UK works to the guiding principles laid down by Sir Edmund Hillary when he founded the Trust:

  • To focus on basic infrastructure – education, health, environment
  • To do only that which is requested by the mountain people of Nepal
  • To involve the mountain people of Nepal themselves in the work – “self help”
  • To minimise all unnecessary cost
  • To facilitate direct transfer of funds (i.e. virtually no “leakage”)

Trustees of the Himalayan Trust UK include many prestigious names within the mountaineering world including; Sir Chris Bonnington (President), Graham Wrigley (Chairman), John Walton (Deputy Chariman), Mary Lowe (Secretary), Geoff Wolstenholme (Treasurer), Rebecca Stephens MBE, Dave Capps, Susan Band, Sue Leyden, Debbie Bartley, Angus MacDonald.

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