Sheffield Take the Stairs

28th April 2014

Take the stairs to help beat heart disease Midsummer's eve event at Arts Tower Fundraisers are being challenged to climb the second highest building in Sheffield to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Take the Stairs event aims to get people climbing all 390 steps and 21 floors of the 78-metre high University of Sheffield Arts Tower and participants will be treated to spectacular views over the city when they reach the top. The non-competitive event, hosted by the University of Sheffield, will take place on Midsummer's Eve, Saturday 21 June at 9pm. Hundreds of participants are expected to take part and run or walk to the roof. Stephanie Cheung, BHF Sheffield Major Events Committee Chair, said: -This is a unique opportunity to set yourself an exciting challenge in an iconic building at the summer solstice. Whether you choose to run or walk to the top, you will be rewarded with amazing views of our city at dusk. And you'll know that you have made a difference and helped save lives. Dr Timothy Chico, a senior clinical lecturer at the university supporting the event, said: -The BHF is investing more than £5million in medical research at the University of Sheffield. This event is a great way for people to raise money for research into heart disease, while at the same time reducing their own risk of heart problems in later life. "Although we've made great breakthroughs in understanding how to prevent and treat coronary heart disease, it is still the biggest single cause of death in the UK, and we need more research to find new treatments. All of us whose research is supported by BHF are very grateful for the amazing efforts made by their fundraisers and volunteers." Ms Cheung added: -Anyone can take part. We also need event marshalls an ideal role if you wish to be part of our fight for every heartbeat, without taking on the climb. To take part, call 0300 330 3322, email frsupport@bhf.org.uk or register online at bhf.org.uk/sheffieldtakethestairs

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