British Heart Foundation 'communi-tree’ event

Staff and volunteers from the British Heart Foundation were joined by some special helpers from St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy and law firm Michelmores to decorate one of the 35 Christmas trees donated to charities for the Charity Christmas Tree Festival in Roman Walk, Exeter.

Joy Petley, Fundraising Manager said ‘The opportunity to decorate the donated tree from Princesshay provided a fantastic opportunity to bring together members of the community and have some fun, which is what Christmas time is all about’.

Four pupils from St Michael’s came along on the day to decorate the tree with the decorations they had created at school with their classmates. The decorations were made by Years 2 and 3 at St Michael’s, which they created at school in the theme of ‘red’, to represent the BHF.

Becca Coulson, who works for Michelmores and helped design the bauble with the creative team at the law firm, wanted to decorate the tree in memory of a family member and to support family and others with heart conditions.  ‘I really wanted to do something for the BHF, and living in Exeter, knew that this could be a great chance to support the British Heart Foundation.  My children attend St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy, and so I wanted to involve the school and give them a chance to support the BHF too’.

Heart and circulatory disease kills nearly 160,000 people in the UK each year, stealing them away from families and loved ones. Thanks to the generosity of communities across the UK the BHF is funding research that has been, and is today, central to discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease.

The BHF is now calling on support across Exeter and the South West to help beat heart disease in their local area by joining forces with Europe’s largest funder of heart and circulatory research.

For more information on how the BHF works with corporate partners, as well as how your business can get involved, visit

Pictured, from left: Henry, Eva, Lola and Finlay from years 2,3 and 4.