Have a heart for Rotherham

FUND-RAISERS are being urged to get in step with the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham to help them boost a charity’s coffers.

Cllr John Foden and Mrs Kath Foden want Rotherham people to take part in the Circle of Hope Event on Saturday in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The free walk will start from outside Boots in the town centre at 11am.

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The event is open to all, including families, friends and teams, and is accessible for those in pushchairs and wheelchairs. Participants can choose to walk or jog one, two or three miles, at their own pace.

Cllr Foden has chosen Rotherham Heart Town as one of his charities for his year in office.

He said: “I’m proud to be supporting Heart Town as one of the three charities in my Mayoral year to help combat, educate and eradicate this killer from our community and make Rotherham a healthier place to live.”

There will also be a series of events to raise awareness about heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

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The Barnsley Concert Band will provide free live entertainment in the town centre from 10am.

There will also be stalls along Effingham Street focusing on physical activity, healthy eating or giving up smoking.

From 1pm, All Saints Square will be converted to a school playground, where anyone can have a go at skipping, hula hoops, hopscotch and football.  

There will be a 5km run at Clifton Park and leisure centres will hold a swimathon and bikeathon at set times during the day.

The family day is organised by the Rotherham Heart Town partnership with local BHF volunteers, Rotherham Borough Council, DC Leisure and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST).