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Snowdon Challenge Festival 2016

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The Snowdon Challenge

14th and 15th May 2016

This exciting triathlon-esque challenge involves you cycling 17km, trekking 15km and kayaking 4km in a mere 12 hour day.

Snowdonia National Park is home to some of the most rugged and challenging peaks in Britain giving it its reputation as one of the best natural adventure play grounds in the U.K.

This is a real mental and physical challenge as you test your entire muscle range over the course of a gruelling day.

You will enjoy stunning views of the National Park, and a fantastic sense of achievement when you complete the trek.

Get registered via charity challenge and raise sponsorship for Heartbeat.

Snowden Challenge

A full sponsorship pack will be issued including a free running vest or t-shirt

For further information or a sponsorship pack please contact Lisa on 01772 717147 or email lisa.riding@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

March 2016 Lottery Results

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Lottery Winners March 2016

The winners for the week ending the 25th March are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

Q6255 – YATES PW

£100 winners

M0639 – BAIRD B

M7540 – BEGBIE K

£50 winners

J9882 – COOKE GA

R1822 – WILLIAMS N

£25 winners

L2731 – MAUDE J

T0056 – RIGBY W

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 18th March are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

U7225 – VAUGHAN M

£100 winners

W1527 – CAPPIE G

K1798 – WOODACRE P

£50 winners

T9234 – GREENWOOD J

L1292 – HOLLIS F

£25 winners

Q9826 – SCOTT PJ

B1279 – MCGOVARIN

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 11th March are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

J8572 – ASHCROFT C

£100 winners

A1357 – WILCOCK D

H9636 – BARBERS @ FULWOOD

£50 winners

C7543 – FELL S

N8187 – ECCLES M

£25 winners

V9517 – MOUNTAIN P

N4315 – DIXON L

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 4th March are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

R0079 – HOWARTH E

£100 winners

P6020 – GREENHALGH W N

Q7180 – HOLDEN M

£50 winners

L2312  – NICHOLSON E

L5431  – MCGHEE E

£25 winners

K1098 – MCGURRAN K

Q7781 – WRIGHT M C

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

Partnership Working

School Programme

We are proud to announce that The Harris Charity are supporting our education programme in 2016.

 

The Harris Charity

Heartbeat’s education team has been awarded a grant to help deliver and develop cardiovascular disease prevention talks/visits/workshops to children and young people in the Preston area.  Recent statistics show that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Type 2 diabetes is higher in the north of the country compared to the south (NHS, 2012) and that the health of children in Lancashire is generally worse than the England average.

Health habits are established in childhood and continue into adult life, this project will raise the profile of CVD, a largely preventable disease through educational workshops aimed at children. Workshops will include subjects such as; keeping your heart healthy, what’s in my drink, planning, preparation and portion size, healthy eating and food labels, fitness testing, eating out and first aid skills.

Within a 12 month period during 2013-14 we delivered educational workshops to 2749 under 18’s throughout Lancashire. We are hoping that this project will reach and exceed these numbers enabling us to develop the programme further.

For more information please contact Sian on 01772 717147 or email Sian on sian.edwards@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

 

 

Sit Down Challenge!

Sit Down Challenge

We can now announce the big Summer challenge!!

 

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On 25th May 2016 Heartbeat’s very own Carl Martinez, BACPR Gym Instructor and part time receptionist, along with Preston local celebrity Joe Noblet, will be sitting on all 23,404 seats at Preston North End Stadium in Deepdale, Preston!

That’s quite some challenge! And the support, so far, has been great!

Thank you to those who have already sponsored Carl and Joe.

If you haven’t sponsored yet please click here… https://www.justgiving.com/BumsSeats/

 

Sit Down Challenge

 

If you would like more information please phone 01772 717147 or email lisa.riding@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

 

February 2016 Lottery Results

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Lottery Winners February 2016

The winners for the week ending the 26th February are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

R8033 – WILLIS D

£100 winners

N0417 – HOLTOM J

J9819 – SINGH

£50 winners

K1764 – MCGEOGHAN P

K9779 – BIGGS CR

£25 winners

T6464 – HANSON

M9227 – KING M

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 19th February are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

P6792 – DRAKE R

£100 winners

N2156 – HARRISON J

B7013 – OLLERTON R

£50 winners

T2852 – DOREGO M

U9297 – WHITLOCK M

£25 winners

R4610 – ALBIN K

P5134 – GRAY A

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 12th February are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

J5427 – HATCH L

£100 winners

B8141 – O’HANLON D

U0594 – SLATER J

£50 winners

L9403 – EADON CF

N9766 – SMITH J

£25 winners

D6120 – HALLIDAY T

L8151 – WAREING E

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 5th February are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

C1234 – FLETCHER D

£100 winners

C1234 – SWINDELLS A

E7006 – SAVAGE J

J7190 – HARRING G

£50 winners

M0486 – JOINER T

M8400 – GORDON M

£25 winners

E6561 – KIRBY D

W7885 – SWANN M

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

Heartbeat and the Lancashire Sunday Football League

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Heartbeat has entered into an exciting new partnership to provide cardiac testing for Sunday League footballers and referees.

The Lancashire Sunday League (formerly the LEP Sunday League) which has 85 clubs, playing in 7 divisions with 2,200 registered players, has pledged its charitable support to Heartbeat to enable them to deliver this new pilot project.

Westinghouse Springfield’s supports Heartbeat as their Charity of the Year and will financially support and contribute to the pilot.

180 screening tests will be undertaken by Heartbeats medical team over the next few months.

Every week at least 12 ‘apparently’ fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions. People (14-36 year olds) involved in sport may be at greater risk if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality and put their heart under stress whilst playing, in most cases there are no obvious symptoms. The testing will start on Saturday 30th January.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, ‘We are delighted to be associated with Heartbeat; an organisation which does so much for people with heart issues and we are sure that it will be a great benefit to our players and referees’

Jill Rogerson, Chief Executive of Heartbeat said, ‘It is important as a cardiac charity to ensure we deliver early intervention and prevention services if we are to contribute to a reduction in heart disease. We are excited about delivering this pilot programme with the football league, it is a great opportunity to support more people and raise awareness of heart disease and if we identify one young person with a potential heart problem it will have been worthwhile’

The middle picture above shows Mitch Newsham of AFC Ashwood being interviewed by Ian Haslam of the BBC following his test. The BBC crew then went to film Mitch playing for Fulwood Amateurs against Longridge Town at Lightfoot Lane.

See more information on the Lancashire Sunday Leagues website

Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Evening Post.

Packing a Punch for Heartbeat!

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On Saturday 9th January lads from all corners of the Lancashire Sunday League battled it out in the ring at Evoque Nightclub, Preston, after 8 weeks of hard training and dedication.

No less than 28 fighters went toe to toe for 3 x 2 minute rounds in a box office style event that saw the lads out of their usual comfort zone.

One fight caught the social media headlines is Dixie “THE MELODY MAKER” Dawson (Unicorn FC Manager) v Daz “THE KING” Green (Ashton Villa). Dixie said “I’m in a win, win situation, having joined up to this event 8 weeks ago. It has helped me turn a corner with my own fitness and I feel like Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, having been handed a golden ticket to sort out Ashton Villa’s Daz Green. I am delighted that the evening is in support of Heartbeat which is a great local charity”.

Daz Green said” As soon as I heard that this event was in support of Heartbeat I wanted to be involved have gone through two heart operations to fix a heart rhythm problem, which thankfully I have fully recovered from”.

Daz continued, “I got on the phone immediately to Craig Ashcroft to ask him to sort me a clash with Unicorns David “Dixie” Dawson and I thought it would be the occasion to show the people why I am the King. I’m also very grateful and appreciative for this chance to represent the Lancashire Sunday League and my team Ashton Villa in a totally different environment.”

The referee for the evening was Rob Reid, the former WBC Super Middleweight Champion.

A word of praise for Craig Ashcroft who has done a tremendous amount of work organising the event in support of Heartbeat the League’s adopted charity.

A HUGE thank you

to all those that took part in the

£2,243

Event on Saturday 9th January 2016

 

Thanks to Barclays!

Heartbeat would like to thank the Barclays Team at Fishergate and Moor Park Branches for their amazing support during 2015.

In total the Barclays Team raised an amazing…

£6,057.22

Your continued support is very much appreciated!

 

Conlon Construction lead by example

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Leading by example, Conlon Construction have taken a step to giving anyone in the organisation and local community a better chance of survival if Cardiac Arrest was to strike. When an AED and CPR are immediately available, the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is substantially improved. Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more”

Conlon

Current UK survival rates among people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital remain extremely poor, varying from 2% to 12%. Every year an estimated 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK, 30,000 of which are treated by emergency medical services (British Medical Journal).

Optimal use of the “chain of survival” is what makes the difference between life and death. 30 years ago it was discovered that when someone suffered an out of hospital Cardiac arrest; if certain things happened in a certain order, their chances of survival increased. This concept is now known as the Chain of Survival. The Chain of survival is made up of four links; three of which can be strengthened by members of the public who take some time to learn basic life skills. The first link is early recognition; being able to recognise someone is in Cardiac arrest is the first step to helping them. The second link is early CPR; by performing chest compressions you can keep their heart going until a defibrillator arrives. The third link is early defibrillation. Finally, the forth link is early advanced care. This is delivered by the paramedics who arrive shortly after. If you start CPR within 2 minutes, place a defibrillator on their chest in four minutes and a paramedic arrives in 8, they have a 40% chance of survival.

A defibrillator also known as a ‘defib’ or automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death for the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest.  This portable device checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

A patient’s chance of survival decreases 14% every minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within 5 minutes of collapse the best possible chance of survival is maintained (North West Ambulance Service).

AED machines are built to be easy to use, safe and reliable giving verbal insturctions throughout treatment. If someone is in cardiac arrest (unresponsive and not breathing at all or not breathing normally) don’t be scared to use one, the AED will not let you shock a person it is not appropriate.

AEDs save lives

“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.” (The Resuscitation Council UK)

 

For more information about our corporate AED packages:

Contact:  Sian@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Mike’s Story…

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I’m a 53 year old Chartered Civil Engineer. I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly fit and healthy guy. I’m not overweight, I have a pretty healthy diet (skimmed milk, low fat spreads, not too much red meat, decent amounts of fruit, veg and oily fish etc). Alcohol? Yes please, but only in moderation. Smoking? No thanks never done it.

Over the years I’ve done plenty of running and swimming, played squash and took up hang gliding. I admit I could do more exercise but there’s always something else to do or another excuse isn’t there?

However, both parents and both sets of grandparents have had heart problems, some dying at a relatively young age.

I have regular company medicals and they generally give me a clean bill of health although I frequently have raised cholesterol. But hey, that’s just a number… isn’t it?

In March 2014 I got “crushing” pains in my chest but I’ve never been crushed and don’t really know how bad the pain is supposed to be before I do anything about it… let’s see how it goes – oh and I’ve still got the tail end of a cold so it’s probably just a chest infection.

I started to get breathless like I’ve run a marathon. Simple tasks like climbing my stairs at home are becoming a challenge and I have to stop to recover half way up… Hmm, this is unusual… no, I’ve still got my cold so I’ll be fine when it goes.

A week went by, indigestion was a bit of a nuisance… Oh I remember, I had a curry a couple of days ago that will be it.

Then starting to get a feeling in my throat like cramp now… my colds gone so it can’t be that… I know, I’ll have swallowed something without chewing it enough that would do it… wouldn’t it?

Funny this, my colds gone a couple of weeks ago but I’m still getting chest pains, breathlessness, indigestion and throat cramp. I’ve slipped up and mentioned it to my missus but she just keeps nagging on about seeing the Doctor… I’m a bloke though and we don’t see Doctors do we chaps?

In April 2014 after putting up with 6 weeks of being told by my kids as well as my wife to check it out I wondered why I am getting the chest pains when it’s just cold and I’m not even exercising? My wife mentioned it could be Angina but that’s for old fellas not fit and healthy chaps like me (I’m still 20 in my head of course!)

So I went to see the Doctor (strictly to prove to the missus I’m fine and stop her nagging you understand). The doctor didn’t tell me off for wasting his time –he says he wants some blood tests pretty urgently and also sends me for an ECG.

Blood tests came back saying high cholesterol. I’ve had this before though so no worries. Doc refers me to a specialist, and prescribes me a load of tablets and a GTN spray. This should sort me out! ECG day arrives – still been having pains, but I’m feeling fine now (or am I in denial?) so I’m still wasting their time of course but now it’s the Consultant and all the nurses at the hospital whose time I’m wasting… Aren’t I?

  • First ECG done – resting. No significant problems there… Told you so… I’m fine.
  • Second ECG done about 30 mins later. On a treadmill this time. My chance to prove how fit I am. I’m going to get such a lecture off the medical people for the waste of time and expense… Hang on, the nurses are having a conversation and pointing at the screen… Why are they stopping the test after 2 minutes and making me sit down? I thought I was meant to go on for 15 minutes?
  • I see my Consultant on a Thursday evening. Prescribed another load of tablets, books me in for an angiogram on Monday and tells me they’ll install stents if necessary at the same time… that’s good service – must just be lucky with a cancellation. Tells me to call 999 if I get any chest pains that the GTN spray can’t shift. He’s being overcautious… Isn’t he? He also wants me back in hospital the next day for a pre-op. Tells me to expect a call from the hospital in the morning to confirm a time and stresses don’t be more than 30 minutes drive away, this seems a bit unusual, probably just doesn’t want the appointments messed up if I’m late.
  • Saturday, bin day, need to get 2 heavy garden waste wheelie bins out, Wow that was painful! Use the spray, not shifting it, try again, is that better? Not sure… do I call 999?  No, I might be wasting their time, stick with the spray. Pain most of the time but I can cope… just…
  • Monday, well here we are, angiogram time and I’m on the operating table. I’ll still be wasting their time of course, they’ll find no problems and send me home in a couple of hours. I get to watch the whole procedure live on a TV screen as well – this should be good!
  • What’s that? 1 artery 99% narrowed and needs 3 stents inserting today, 2 further arteries 35% narrowed, one which serves both front and back of my heart, told I was extremely lucky not to have had a heart attack already, especially after my ‘wheelie bin wrestling’ over the weekend.
  • Finally get told off by the Consultant and nurses, NO Not for wasting their time but for ignoring what my body was telling me, not listening to my wife and kids and for not calling 999 when I put the bins out.

Update June 2014 The angiogram and stents operation wasn’t without its challenges, mainly because of dealing with the 99% narrowing I understand and I ended up in theatre twice in one day then spent a further 3 days in coronary care.

I’d be lying if I said the operation was pain free – it wasn’t, and I’m having to get used to taking lots of tablets 3 times a day but I’m still here which puts everything into perspective.

Almost 2 months on from the operation, I’m feeling fine and am now going to the gym weekly as part of my rehabilitation as well as increasing my regular exercise.

I can’t thank Dr Balachandran and the staff of the Royal Blackburn Hospital enough for their care (and the lectures!). I’d also like to thank Sian Percival -Edwards of Heartbeat for allowing me to share this story with you.

… and yes, I now listen to what my body tells me and, just as importantly, what my wife and family advise me. Ignorance really isn’t bliss.

Mike Purcell

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