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Revealed: People in the South East munch through 6,310 chocolate bars in a lifetime

The British Heart Foundation releases figures as it urges local residents to take on Dechox during March



A British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey suggests the average person from the South East could eat around 6,310 chocolate bars, 1,930 slices of chocolate cake and 7,760 chocolate biscuits in their lifetime.  

The survey also found on average people from the South East could indulge themselves with around 3,020 mugs of hot cocoa, 117 Easter eggs and up to 2,680 miniature chocolates over the course of their life. 

The figures have been released ahead of the BHF’s annual Dechox campaign. The nation’s favourite heart charity is challenging chocolate lovers to put their will power to the test and give up chocolate for the month of March to raise funds for its lifesaving work.

Snickers topped the poll as the region’s favourite chocolate bar, beating Picnic which came in a surprising second place. Bounty came in third followed closely by and Cadbury Dairy Milk, KitKat and Twix.

Jo Pullin, Dechox Campaign Manager at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said:

“We know that chocolate isn’t an essential part of a healthy diet but is a much-loved indulgence in the UK.  

“Whether it’s in cakes, biscuits, a tasty dessert or a chocolate bar, there are so many options available it’s easy to lose track of how much chocolate we’re consuming.  

“It can be difficult to break our chocolate habits but Dechox is the perfect way to help cut your chocolate cravings whilst raising money for a good cause.”

The survey also revealed that a half (50%) of people from the South East claim chocolate is their favourite food, and 38% confessed to being chocoholics.  

It seems that the regions love of chocolate is undeniable with over half (53%) admitting they haven’t and wouldn’t try to give up the sweet stuff. Of the 18% who HAVE attempted to take a Time Out from chocolate, they have managed to last an average of 22 days before caving to cravings.  

Jo Pullin added:

“We know we’re a nation of chocolate lovers and that’s why we’re calling on the nation to put their will power to the test this March for a fantastic cause.  

“Anything with cocoa in it is off limits ‐ from the sprinkles on your cappuccino, to that 3pm chocolate bar. We know the people of the South East are up to the challenge. 

“It might be a rocky road but Dechox is a great way to help curb your chocolate cravings and fund the British Heart Foundation’s vital research into heart and circulatory conditions, which around 960,000 people are living with in the South East”. 

Since Dechox began in 2015 more than 100,000 people have ditched the sweet stuff and taken part. Their Aero-ic efforts have raised over £4.5m for the BHF’s vital research into heart and circulatory diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia, and the risk factors that cause them, like diabetes. The charity is now calling on even more people take a (chocolate) break and get involved this March.   

Each year, in the UK around 170,000 people lose their lives to a heart or circulatory disease – that’s one person every three minutes. By joining the thousands of other Dechoxers, you can help the BHF keep more hearts beating and blood flowing. 

So, send chocolate packing and challenge yourself to a Dechox this March! Sign up now at  

South East’s top 10 chocolate bars 

  1. Snickers
  2. Picnic
  3. Bounty
  4. Cadbury Daily Milk
  5. KitKat

=5. Twix

  1. Toblerone
  2. Crunchie

=7. Mars Bar

=7. Wispa


Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley



Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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