THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on Borderers to take part in a world record attempt.

Heart shaped messages have been filling BHF shop windows in the run up to Valentine’s Day for over a decade, but this year the public will also have the chance to have their personal messages displayed in a record-breaking chain of paper hearts.

For Valentine’s Day, the charity, which has stores in Kelso, Hawick and Peebles is attempting to break the world record for the longest chain of paper hearts, which currently stands at 8525.

Now the organisation is hoping to break this record as a mark of solidarity for the 7 million people in the UK fighting a battle with heart and circulatory disease, which includes 670,000 people in Scotland.

To get involved, visit your local store, make a donation and write a message on a World Record heart to be included in the final chain.

The World Record hearts will be sold in BHF shops in the run-up to Valentine’s Day and will be sent to London to be included in the world record attempt, where they will be strung together to create the giant chain.

Allison Swaine-Hughes, from the charity, said: “Heart and circulatory disease is one of the UK’s biggest killers and bringing messages of love, support and hope together from people all across the country, shows we are all standing united against these devastating conditions.

“BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years but there is still a long way to go. Through the public’s generosity the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research by 2020.

“So visit your local BHF shop today, make a donation and write a message to take part in the World Record. You’ll be sharing the love and saving lives in the process.”

For more information on the campaign and world record, please visit or find your nearest BHF shop visit