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Dechox to help heart charity

Sir, – I’m writing to you and your readers to encourage you all to join me and quit chocolate as part of a new British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland fundraising campaign: DECHOX.

DECHOX is a sponsored challenge calling on all chocolate lovers to give up their favourite sweet treat to help raise money for BHF Scotland.

Dechoxers are encouraged to raise money throughout the month by asking friends, 
family and colleagues to sponsor them.

They can also donate the money they’ve saved from ditching a cheeky chocolate bar at work or that naughty dessert after a meal out.

I have been personally affected by the issues surrounding heart disease.

My father has had both a cardiac arrest, at the age of 49, and a heart attack two years ago, when he was 67, while my son, David, contracted a heart infection last year, despite having no known pre-existing heart conditions.

So I know the terrible effect that heart disease can have on a family.

That’s why I’m encouraging everyone across Scotland to join me and take part in DECHOX and give up chocolate for the month of March to help raise money for life-saving heart research.

It’s going to be difficult for people who love chocolate, like me, but we’ll all be in it together and it’s for such a great cause.

Anyone can sign up to DECHOX for free at

You can also take part on social media by using #DECHOX and sharing your stories and tips for giving up chocolate. Join me and we can fight for every heartbeat together. – Yours etc.,