A VOLUNTEER who has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for heart and circulatory research has retired after 13 years.

Maureen Gibbins, 76, chaired Richmond and Catterick branch of British Heart Foundation with determination to make a difference in her local community.

The local branch has raised more than £110,000 since 1994.

Mrs Gibbins said: “I have really enjoyed my time volunteering in Richmond for the British Heart Foundation, I have found the experience so rewarding and I have made some excellent friends along the way. I am retiring after a fantastic time, and I’m so pleased to be able to support the British Heart Foundation in their work to raise much needed funds for heart and circulatory disease research.

“The favourite event I helped to organise was the Santa Mile Chase that the group did three years running. It was a great family event that the whole of Richmond got involved with. I am proud to have raised money over the last nine years to help the British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever; I do hope the town will continue to support the charity.”

Groups and volunteering manager for North Yorkshire Hannah Watkins said: “We would like to thank Maureen and all the members of the group past and present for all their support.

"It has been great to have their support in the town and to see some great fundraising events happen over the years. The money they have raised has made a real difference."