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BAPS Charities presented a cheque for £25,000 to the British Heart Foundation at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 29 August 2015.
The funds were raised by thousands of people of all ages – from young children through to senior individuals in their nineties – who participated in the BAPS Charities Annual Challenge that began earlier this year.
This year’s Challenge offered an opportunity for fundraisers to embrace various physical activities, ranging from a 10-kilometre walk or run, through to tandem skydives and bike rides from London to Brighton or London to Paris.
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Director of the British Heart Foundation, was present to receive the cheque on behalf of the “nation’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research”.
Following the presentation, Dr Knapton addressed the assembly and spoke of the impact that BAPS Charities’ contribution will have. “The £25,000 that you have so generously donated,” he said, “will support training for children and adults in basic life support. We can save thousands of lives with the money you have so generously donated to us.”
Dr Mayank Shah, a lead volunteer for BAPS Charities, added: “It is very rewarding to hear that the efforts of volunteers and participants in this year’s Challenge will help to save lives of people suffering a cardiac arrest. We are delighted to partner with the British Heart Foundation to achieve this and look forward to continuing our long-standing support of their great work.”