Broughton Astley schoolgirl named as quirkiest fundraiser

Jenna Rogers (right) with pals during her spacehopper fundraiser
Jenna Rogers (right) with pals during her spacehopper fundraiser

A schoolgirl from Broughton Astley has been named one of the UK’s quirkiest fundraisers by the British Heart Foundation ahead of the charity’s new Raise Funds Your Way campaign, to help fund lifesaving new research.

Jenna Rogers, 14, has been chosen after she raised more than £500 by holding a spacehopper jump.

The event was held in memory of Jenna’s dad Steve, who died suddenly from undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 2013.

Jenna’s mum Jan Rogers, 44, said: “It was such an unusual event, which made it all the more fun for everyone. We got through six space hoppers in the end as they all kept bursting!

“It was devastating when Steve died, but both my children have been such an inspiration trying to turn it into something positive.

“It’s really important to all of us to raise money for the BHF so we can help stop other families going through what we have.

“It’s not until something like this happens you realise just how many people have been devastated by heart disease.”

The nation’s heart charity has revealed other weird and wonderful ways people have raised money to fight heart disease to highlight the urgent need for more people to raise funds their own way to help support the BHF’s vital work.

About 514,000 people across the East Midlands - and seven million people in the UK - are fighting a daily battle with cardiovascular disease.

Tina Bajec, Head of Raise Funds Your Way at the BHF, said: “Jenna’s story is an inspiration to us all and we are incredibly grateful for her support. Every pound raised will play a crucial role in funding new breakthroughs to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Around seven million people are living with these life-changing conditions, so we urgently need more people help raise money for our research.”

For information visit www.bhf.org.uk/yourway.