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Beth Tweddle MBE

Britain's Greatest ever Female Gymnast

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13 July 2015Beth supports British Heart Foundation events in schools

Britain’s most successful gymnast, Beth Tweddle, is supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to help promote heart healthy lifestyles in schools.

The triple World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist visited the King’s Junior School in Chester, on Monday (July 6), where she highlighted the importance of physical activity and heart health in young people.

Beth led practical workshops for pupils and emphasised the benefits of BHF events Jump Rope For Heart and Ultimate Dodgeball in promoting healthy exercise.

The GB star also joined in the school’s awards ceremony to present the young champions with their sporting prizes.

Former Olympic gymnast Beth said: “It’s fantastic for students to take part in physical activity that is fun, rewarding and heart healthy. By signing up to a BHF skipping or dodgeball event pupils can enjoy some healthy exercise, raise money for their school, and help power life saving research into heart disease.”

The initiatives, organised by the BHF, promotes the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through regular exercise whilst raising funds for the BHF’s vital research to prevent, treat and try to cure heart disease. The schemes also allows schools and youth groups to keep 20% of the money they have raised, which they can put towards new equipment and resources to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Simon Malone, Head Teacher at the King’s Junior School in Chester said: “It is such an honour to have Beth at our school, promoting the benefits of heart health through physical exercise. It’s fantastic to see so many children active and happy and the British Heart Foundation is a brilliant way to encourage physical activity whilst raising money for lifesaving research and your school at the same time.”

Events Project Manager at the BHF, Beck Bayram, adds: “It is fantastic to see such enthusiasm; we really want to encourage as many schools as possible to get involved in our sporting initiatives. Jump Rope For Heart and Ultimate Dodgeball are a great and fun way to get kids involved in energetic, heart healthy exercise, whilst raising funds for the school and the BHF. The money raised will help the BHF continue to fund new breakthroughs in the fight against heart disease.”

The BHF is urging schools, youth groups and nurseries to get heart healthy by signing up and taking part in one of its popular physical activity initiatives: Jump Rope For Heart and Ultimate Dodgeball.

To find out more about the BHF’s schools’ and youth groups’ initiatives, please visit bhf.org.uk/everyonewins