A whole lot of love for the British Heart Foundation

HEARTS OF GOLD: Bryony Blake (left) and Kerrie Kent

A ‘Women Inspiring Women’ event was held at One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells last Thursday (October 12), and raised £1879.01 for The British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Nicky Tebay of local clothing brand TWseven, hosted the evening, where approximately 65 attendees were treated to a series of inspiring talks from a range of well-known women including celebrity and TV make-up artist Bryony Blake, fashion stylist Victoria Genevieve, fitness guru Sarah Gorman and entrepreneur and artist Kerrie Kent.

Kerrie, who was born with congenital heart disease (CHD) said: “Thank you to everyone who came out to support this incredible charity. I was so nervous about talking on the night and worried I wouldn’t be able to talk through my experience of congenital heart disease, but I did it!

“A special thank you to One Warwick Park Hotel for hosting the event and for making a donation to the charity.”

In addition to the specialist talks, there were many local luxury business stalls at the event, as well as a beauty tombola which was manned by local BHF representatives. There were also goody bags to take home for all attendees.

Kerrie, who has had seven open-heart surgeries to date, also raises awareness of CHD and money for BHF through her social media platform Gold Hearted Club. She designs and sells a variety of merchandise including jewellery with proceeds going towards BHF’s groundbreaking research.

According to the NHS, almost one in 100 babies in the UK are born with CHD. People living with this condition often need ongoing treatment throughout their life.

The ‘Hearts of Gold’ fundraising group in West Kent, of which Kerrie is a member, has so far raised £12,795 for BHF this year.

Kerrie’s jewellery collection and merchandise is available at: goldhearted.club

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