During Volunteers’ Week we’re taking the time to shine a light on the volunteers who power the third sector across Aberdeen and the North-east.

Today we turn our attention to the volunteers behind British Heart Foundation, Scotland.

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BHF volunteers taking part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk to raise vital funds.

British Heart Foundation in Scotland funds life saving research into heart diseases, stroke & vascular dementia, and risk factors like diabetes.

Mags McWilliam who volunteers with a local fundraising group told us;

"As a family we run the Kintore, Kemnay and District fundraising group for British heart foundation with 12 volunteers."

"Quite simply without the research of treatments, medications and pioneering surgery our miracle daughter Jade, Britain's smallest open heart survivor wouldn't be here with us today."

"We love volunteering, as it brings awareness for Cardiovascular disease, much needed funds for BHF but most of all it's fun, great way to meet new people and make friends."

For over 50 years British Heart Foundation have been fighting for every heartbeat in Scotland.

Mag's daughter Jade is Britain's smallest open heart survivor and will be taking part in our annual Celebrate Aberdeen parade for British Heart Foundation, Scotland. 

Jade was born 10 weeks premature and suffered a cardiac arrest at only 15 days old weighing a tiny 2lbs 2oz. What followed was an emergency eleven hour open heart surgery. She was in an induced coma for 5 weeks.

Jade, now 18 years old is a student nurse hoping to specialise in cardiac or neonatal care. She helps to run the Kintore, Kemnay and District fundraising group and teaches CPR to children and adults.

Follow British Heart Foundation, Scotland on social media.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BHFScotland
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bhfscotland

Reading this and want to get involved in our week of celebration? Send us a 30 second video, a picture of your volunteers or a few sentences telling us why volunteers are vital to your organisation! We’ll be featuring these on our social media channels throughout Volunteers’ Week.