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Support Cardiovascular Research

Your support helps us continue our important work and improve Cardiovascular Disease research & education in Scotland. 

Make a one-time Donation of:

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Leave your mark on Heart-health

Leaving a legacy to SHARP is a powerful way to ensure that your commitment to heart health endures beyond your lifetime. Join us in our mission to save lives and create a healthier Scotland for all.

Give in Memory to SHARP: the Heart Charity

Give in Memory

A donation to remember a loved one is a heartfelt way to commemorate a life while supporting our ongoing work. 

Gifts in Wills to SHARP: the Heart Charity

Gifts in Wills

By including SHARP in your will, you contribute to our vital research into cardiovascular disease and enable us to provide high-quality education to healthcare professionals. This support empowers doctors and nurses to identify those at risk and help them reduce their risk of developing heart disease. 

Featured Stories

Sharpening the Decline in Heart Disease

On the 9th of December 1988 — at a time when ill health in Scotland due to heart disease was among the highest in the world — Scottish leaders and healthcare specialists came together to form SHARP: Scottish Heart & Arterial Disease Risk Prevention. The heart charity envisioned a heart-healthy Scotland.

Since then, through our important research and educational initiatives, every consecutive committee has been building on this shared goal of 'sharp'ening the decline in heart disease.

Our Patrons


Jackie Ashley


Jackie Ashley is Chair of the National Brain Appeal which funds research and capital projects concerning all aspects of brain injury. She was previously President, Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, and before that was a political journalist for more than 30 years. Jackie worked at the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, the Guardian and the New Statesman and wrote regularly about health and social care issues. Her husband, the broadcaster Andrew Marr, suffered a major stroke in 2013 and Jackie was his full-time carer for a year.

James Robson


James Robson joined the Scotland team as doctor at the start of season 2002/2003 following his previous position as physiotherapist from 1991-96. He was doctor for Scotland A from 1998 – 2002 and the doctor/physio for Scotland 7s from 1996 – 2001. He was also team doctor on six British & Irish Lions tours (New Zealand 1993 and 2005, South Africa 1997 and 2009 and Australia 2001 and 2013). In addition he has been to 8 Rugby World Cups. In March 2021, James marked his 250th appearance as team doctor at an international match when Scotland played Italy at BT Murrayfield. Robson, based in Dundee where he lives with wife Christine, also a GP, and their two daughters, is now Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer. He received an MBE for services to rugby in the 2018 New Year Honours list. Eight years previously he was awarded a Fellowship ad hominem from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
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