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Calling All Hair Salons!

Will You Go Red for Womens' Heart Health ?

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The Her Heart Campaign will be working with hairdressers across NI to educate women on the causes, risks and symptoms of heart disease and to encourage them to take some me-time to get themselves checked out.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women, especially those aged over 40.

It’s a heartbreaking statistic however Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death in women, killing more than twice as many women as breast, cervix, uterus and ovary cancer combined in Northern Ireland.

Sadly though awareness of women and heart disease remains understudied, underdiagnosed and under-treated however and many women remain oblivious to the risk.

On your chosen “Her Heart” day or week we would encourage you to decorate your salons, wear red, dye your hair red or wear heart-shaped deely boppers – basically whatever it takes to get the conversation started!

Bespoke Hairdressing on Belfast’s Belmont and Lisburn Roads are happy to help us raise awareness with their clients. Stewart Lilley, Bespoke’s Director, says; “Bespoke Hair Salons are delighted to be backing NICHS’s Her Heart campaign. It’s our aim to make women feel confident and love how they look on the outside, but this campaign highlights that we may not know exactly what’s happening on the inside. We could be unaware of risks to our health that could eventually lead to serious illness and sadly even the unthinkable – a threat to life.”

“We would urge anyone coming to our salons this autumn to scan the Her Heart QR code on the mirror whilst in the chair. When you’re pampering yourself on the outside, why not have a think about what you’re doing to care for the inside? You will learn more about risk factors, how to look after your own heart health and if you can, please make a donation to support this fantastic cause.”

As part of your fundraising and awareness pack you will receive;

❤️ “We’re Going Red for Women’s Heart Health A3 Poster to display in the window with space to write the specific day (s) or week this will be happening.

❤️ QR code stickers for all your salon mirrors so that while you are ensuring your clients look great on the outside, they can scan the code and read all about how to ensure they are fabulous on the inside too!

❤️ A5 information leaflets on Women’s Heart Health to read, take home and share with others

❤️ Balloons to decorate your salon.

❤️ Collection Box for those wishing to donate. To boost your fundraising you could also run a raffle offering hair products or a complimentary treatment.

❤️ Social Media Graphics to share across your platforms and let customers know you are supporting our Her Heart campaign

    Register here to get your Awareness & Fundraising Pack:

    • At least 80p in every £1 raised or donated is spent delivering our life-changing care and prevention services, as well as funding local research into these illnesses.

      How does NICHS spend donations?

      Thanks to our loyal supporters we raised more than £3.35 Million last year to support our programmes across Northern Ireland.

      £1.39 Million was spent on delivering our care support programmes, £576k was spent on delivering our prevention programmes and £736k on local research into chest, heart and stroke related conditions.

      In other words, for every £1 raised, around 80p, went directly to funding our care and prevention programmes as well as research to help fight chest, heart and stroke conditions.

      How you can help

      Over 335,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions, and these illnesses are responsible for 37% of all adult deaths every year. That's almost 6,000 people. Every day across Northern Ireland 11 people will suffer a stroke and 17 will have a heart attack.

      With your support we are able to continue our vital care and prevention work across the community, caring for people who are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions and helping prevent people becoming ill in the first place.

      Support us today and help us lead the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.


    • What is Gift Aid?

      Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. If you Gift Aid your donations we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

      This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

      You could make your donation to us NICHS worth even more!

      Whether you are making a cash donation, setting up a regular gift, or asking friends and family to sponsor you in an event, your donation could be worth an extra 25% thanks to the Gift Aid donations scheme. Last year, we were able to reclaim over £74,000 through donations that were gift aided which contributed towards our care and prevention programmes.

      Watch this quick video where money saving expert Martin Lewis explains why everyone should ‘say yes’ to Gift Aid on charity donations!

      Martin Lewis Gift Aid

      Gift Aid Calculator

      How it works:

      Under the Gift Aid scheme, if you are a UK taxpayer, the Government allows charities to reclaim 25p of every pound you give – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny! With your permission NICHS can re-claim this tax on your behalf.

      Once you’ve read the Gift Aid statement and are happy you can comply with it, simply tick the Gift Aid box to say you agree that NICHS can reclaim tax for you. If you’d prefer to complete a paper version of our Gift Aid Declaration form and post it into our office, you can download a pdf version by clicking on the button below.

      If you’d like to find out how much more your donation would be if it was Gift Aided, just use the calculator below.

      Click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration

      What we need to claim Gift Aid

      • Your full name and home address
      • The donation amount you are giving. We can accept cash also.
      • We can't claim Gift Aid on donations from company accounts. The donation must be your own money and not the proceeds of a collection.
      • For you to confirm that you pay income tax or capital gains tax which at least equals the amount NICHS and other charities and community amateur sports clubs will claim in the appropriate tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next). This is currently 25p for every £1 you give.
      • Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations.
      • Once you have become a Gift Aid donor, please let us know if you stop paying tax or if you change your name/address so that we can update our records.
    • If you would like any further help, or have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or

    • The work that we do is only possible because of the generous donations that we receive from our supporters. You are very important to us. Thank you so much for helping us in the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.

      When you make a donation to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, we promise that :

      • Your donation will be used wisely, responsibly and for the purpose given.
      • If a donation is made for a specific purpose we will honour that request.
      • We will safeguard your personal information in line with Data Protection principles.
      • We will communicate with you in accordance with your wishes.
      • Queries or complaints will be responded to as quickly as possible.
      • Administration costs will be kept to a minimum.
      • Your support will be acknowledged and we will keep you updated about how you are helping people who suffer from chest, heart or stroke illnesses.
      • Fundraisers will respect you as a donor and will be transparent in their dealings with you at all times.
      • Fundraisers will work to the highest professional standards and will adhere to the practices and guidelines as directed by the Institute of Fundraising.
      • Where donations are solicited indirectly, i.e. by 3rd party agencies, we recognise that donors have the right to request information about them.

      If you have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or