THIS year got off to a swell start for HeartSWell South West, a charity committed to supporting heart patients, their families and carers in the South West ? they received a generous cash donation from staff at brick manufacturers Weinerberger Ltd (Brixton). The money was raised at their Christmas party held at the Holiday Inn in Plymouth. Dennis Palfrey, representative for Weinerberger said although there were only 55 people at the event, they managed to raise £310.00 by raffling prizes such as a night in a five-star hotel, a microwave and spirits. HeartSWell was also pleased to receive cheques from staff at the Tamar Bridge and Mumfords who made donations in lieu of sending each other Christmas cards. The charity is very grateful for any donations, which are much needed and used to provide equipment for the cardiothoracic unit at Derriford and other hospitals around the region and also to help fund a cardiac nurse counsellor at Derriford. All this is in addition to supporting the day to day running of HeartSWell Lodge. HeartSWell?s next fundraising event is ?Wear it RED? Day to be held on Valentine?s Day. For more information regarding the charity, what you can do to help, or a ?Wear it RED? pack, contact Sarah on 01752 315929.