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March Service Spotlight: A month of DECHOX

Matthew Burgess

This month the Phew team decided to take on the British Heart Foundation’s DECHOX challenge to give up chocolate for the whole month.

This included everything even slightly chocolate related; Nutella, milk chocolate digestives, breakfast bars with chocolate chips in, even chocolate flavoured slimfast. With that not being hard enough already, for some reason we also agreed amongst ourselves to give up cakes, biscuits, sweets and fizzy drinks as well (it seemed a good idea at the time!).

So how did we do?

Well not too bad actually. There were some of us (not that I will name and shame them), who managed about two days before they couldn’t do any more and just had to have a Twirl bar, but the majority of us managed to stay on track. I say this, not one of us actually managed to keep to it the whole month, whether that was forgetting and treating ourselves to a hot chocolate one cold evening or enjoying a bowl of crisps as part of nibbles with a friend. For each slip up though we added a little bit more on to our BHF donation total.

What is it all for?

The whole aim of this was to raise money for the wonderful work that the British Heart Foundation do to tackle heart disease. Over the past five decades thousands of researchers and medical professionals, funded by the BHF, have worked hard to take on the big issues leading to:

  • Discovery of the causes of heart attack
  • Establishment of UK’s first coronary care units
  • Development of new surgical techniques, including transplantation
  • Identification of the genes behind deadly inherited heart conditions
  • Vastly improved diagnosis and treatments
  • Dedicated resources and support for people living with heart disease

Now, seven in ten heart attack victims leave hospital and go home to their families. The number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease has fallen by more than half and today 4 in 5 children born with congenital heart disease survive into adulthood.

But there is still more work to be done.

If you would like to donate to this great cause please visit our Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/phewdechox.

Thank you.


30 March 2017 |

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