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A teenager diagnosed with heart disease has called for more help fundraising for a charity that tackles the disease.

Sonea Hodgson has requested members to help her fundraise from the local place of Woolwich and surrounding areas for the British Heart Foundation. 

Fundraising events planned by her such as quiz nights and walks “will help to fund life-saving research, which could lead to better treatments and care for patients”.

She was diagnosed with cardiac conduction disease (CCD) at the young age of 19 – a critical disorder of the heart that needs constant tests and heart monitoring due to its debilitating symptoms.

Sonea said: “My condition has had a huge impact on my life. It makes me extremely tired, so I am only able to work 12 hours a week. I can’t stand for long periods, and I have to take 9 tablets every day to control my symptoms.

The British Heart Foundation is a charity in the UK that was founded in 1961 that supports research to help those with heart and circulatory diseases.

BHF fundraising manager Karl Coppack has stated that it mainly relies on generous volunteers and donations from the public.

He has also said that “fundraising groups like this one in Woolwich are vital, especially as there are 8,400 people living with cardiovascular diseases in Woolwich and Abbey Wood alone”.