Close to 300 runners of all ages took part in the Heartbeat 2k and 1k fun runs at Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 25th September 2016. This is our 4th annual fun run and this year was the biggest so far, raising over £1000 for the charity.
The team at EverybodyFit led the warm up before Heartbeat Fundraising Officer Mark started the race at 1pm. Runners then took on the course with our mascot, Cardiac Carl clapping and cheering them on at the finish.
We had some incredibly inspiring runners at the event too. Heartbeat member George, pictured below, took part for the second year in a row after suffering a severe stroke. Go George!
A special mention also needs to go to the patients from the amputee clinic at Watling Street Road and to Gina Briggs who completed both 2k & 1k routes after running both 10k & 5k routes at the Run Preston event that morning. We can’t thank everyone individually but all those who took part helped to create a fantastic day! We can’t wait for next year!
You can check out the highlights from the event below.
We’d also like to thank Petticoat Lane Fireplaces for sponsoring the medals for the event. You can find out more about them here. Also, thank you to the guys at Run Preston for helping us manage the registrations for the event.
Keep an eye out for next years date and all the latest news at Heartbeat by following us on Facebook here or on twitter here.
Lauren Hogg from Fulwood in Preston recently took part in the one of the toughest challenges on the fundraising calendar in aid of local heart charity Heartbeat.
Lauren took part in ‘Total Warrior’ Leeds in June and decided to give something back to the charity that supported her Grandpa Grant Williams over the years by raising sponsorship for Heartbeat.
Lauren said, “The first obstacle was a 1km run, which you had to run to begin with. This was up and down a rather steep hill and took its toll on me. I honestly thought if this was the first obstacle it was only going to get worse. Which it did mud wise.
For those who know me I don’t do mud or dirt, so to be thrown in at the deep end (literally) in thigh high thick mud was probably my worst nigtmare! After this there was a lot of freezing water, more mud and challenging obstacles. I knew that I had to keep going though, not only to get back to the car but also to complete this challenge to show all the people who believed in me and supported me both mentally and physically, by donating to Heartbeat, that I could do this and would do this. After all the obstacles, cuts and bruises and the thought of having a shower, I completed the course in 2 hours and 34 minutes.
I choose to raise money for Heartbeat after they supported my Grandpa for 17 years. In May 1998, Grant Williams suffered a heart attack and in that August he underwent 6 heart bypasses in one hit. After this, he went to Heartbeat for rehabilitation, to meet people who had gone through the same thing and eventually using the gym equipment to monitor his progress. We sadly lost him last July, so as a thankyou for all their help, I wanted to raise some money for Heartbeat so they can continue to help those in the future, as this charity is very close to our family’s heart.
I am hoping to have a total of almost £500 by the end which is more than triple what I initially set out to achieve, so fingers crossed.’
Lisa Riding Heartbeat fundraiser said, “I would like to thank Lauren for taking part in this gruelling challenge in aid of Heartbeat and we would like to wish her well in reaching her fundraising target. There is still time to sponsor Lauren visit her justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LAUREN-HOGG2.
Sponsored events are extremely important to Heartbeat as the money collected will go towards the on-going work provided to local people that require heart rehabilitation by providing an exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation programme, fully supervised by trained instructors, to those recovering from heart attack, surgery or stroke and supports those at risk of developing these conditions.
We also provide testing and monitoring services such as 24 hour blood pressure and ECG reports in advance of joining the programme.
The programme is a controlled mix of physical exercise, relaxation, education, support and advice-helping each individual to reach their personal goal and work towards a heart healthy brighter future.
Each week we support over 800 local people at our sessions in Preston and surrounding areas which currently cost over £900k per year, all of which needs to come from voluntary donations!
If you are looking to take up a challenge in aid of your local heart charity please get in contact with Lisa or Mark in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org’
Photo attached – Lauren Hogg taking part in the Total Warrior obstacles.
Together we can make a difference to local people throughout Lancashire who have been affected or at high risk of heart disease or heart failure!
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Motivate your employees, encourage team building and develop new skills
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Be proactive in looking after your staffs health and wellbeing
Use positive PR and Social Media opportunities to help build your brand profile
Networking with other local businesses
Increases job satisfaction by providing fun an engaging activities
Invitation to Breakfast networking events
Access to First Aid Training / AED Training at a discounted rate
Whether you would like to challenge your workforce to reach their full potential, or encourage team building working, this corporate challenge is a fantastic way to engage the team whilst raising vital funds for your local Heartbeat Charity! A win win…..
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In return, Heartbeat promises to continue supporting over 800 people each week, throughout local areas in Lancashire.
Role: Store Collection Volunteer
We have store collections throughout the Preston area all through the year.
We are looking for volunteers for store collections through August and September, then through until December… Can you help?
We ask for 1 or 2 people per hour between 10am and 4pm
Banners, buckets, tabards and ID’s are will be supplied on the day
On occasion there will have leaflets that can be handed out also
Support your local Heart Charity
Supermarkets ie. Booths, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons in the Preston area
No previous experience necessary
Good fun, for all ages (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Role: Fundraising Volunteer
We need you: to organise your own event for Heartbeat, anything from a coffee morning to a summer BBQ, the choice is yours! Invite your friends, have fun and raise money for your favourite heart charity!
Role: Reception Volunteer
We need you: 9.00 – 5.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
We need volunteers to help with part time shifts on the above days. Can you spare a few hours? Duties will include answering the phone, transferring calls, directing or accompany patients to 2nd floor for nurse appointments and treadmill tests, help with any general duties and assist the Reception Team. Training provided.
Role: Collection Volunteer
We need you: to place and return collection boxes in local shops, hairdressers, chippy’s, garden centres, post offices, pubs, clubs etc.
Role: Case Study Writer We need you: to support the fundraising team, however you may also be asked to support the services team, below are some examples of what you will be doing:
Communicate with Heartbeat Instructors, Cardiologist and Patient Support to identify possible case studies
Interview Heartbeat members who have been identified as suitable candidates for case studies
Write stories for a bank of case studies
Consult with Website Co-ordinator and staff managing social media accounts
Initially we would be looking for a commitment of 2-3 hours per week for a 1 month period, this may then be extended. We will be as flexible as possible so that you can fit the role alongside other commitments.
Role: Volunteer Graphic Design Assistant We need you: to support in designing engaging posters and campaign materials for our awareness and fundraising campaigns and events.
What will you be doing?
You will mainly be supporting the fundraising team, however you may also be asked to support the services team, below are some examples of what you will be doing:
Producing infographics – helping us put our message across through engaging and well-presented infographics
Design posters, cards and visuals for email & social media that can be used as thanking communications for supporters after completing fundraising events
Produce fundraising packs and poster templates for supporters individual to their event
Create marketing materials for Heartbeat NWCC hosted events
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