On Sunday 4th December 2016 Heartbeat member, David Banks, completed to the Lancaster half marathon to celebrate his 70th birthday. Well done David!
Here’s his message to you.
Well I completed the Lancaster 1/2 marathon along the banks of the Lune yesterday morning in 2hrs 11 minutes and 24 seconds
Following my two Cardiac procedures in 2013 I was contacted by a Cardiac nurse from the local charity Heartbeat. They helped me with advice with medication, enlisted me on the six week rehabilitation course in the gym and most of all gave me back my confidence.
I am an ex-submariner from the Royal Navy and keen keep fitter who has completed 10 marathons so imagine; after my collapse I felt my whole world had fallen apart.
I have kept attending the gym classes at the fantastic rehabilitation centre at Deepdale Stadium and built up my fitness which helped me run the 13.1 mile race yesterday.
I ran it for Heartbeat and would be grateful for any donations.
If you would like to make a donation towards David’s efforts, visit his JustGiving page or pop in to Heartbeat NWCC.
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.
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
Corpus Christi Cardio Club has been providing a follow-on exercise programme for patients from Heartbeat for over 20 years. It was formed in 1993 by a group of patients who wanted to continue their Heartbeat exercise after completing the 9 month rehabilitation programme. It had the further objective of being self-funding and able to support Heartbeat from any surplus funds.
The club moved to Corpus Christi High School in 2000.
The club meets twice weekly from 5pm to 7pm using the gymnasium and specialist exercise facilities at the college. Table tennis is available from 5pm. The main cardio exercise session, led by qualified instructors runs from 5:45 to 6:30. This is a varied programme including general aerobics, step aerobics, machine work and toning work. After the exercise session, there is an opportunity to socialise with refreshments. The club also holds regular social events.
Although run independently by its members, the club supports the “Heartbeat” charity and in return benefits from the charity’s specialist medical facilities. Several of the club’s members have sat on the Heartbeat Board of Trustees, including the current Chairman of Heartbeat and his predecessor. It is recognised as a suitable “advanced” programme for people who have completed the NHS/Heartbeat initial rehabilitation programme. There is a defibrillator available and all members have the opportunity to have resuscitation training.
Tony Wilson, Chairman of Heartbeat Board of Trustees, who has been a club member since 2000 says: “We believe that the exercise level, the club atmosphere and the move from being a Heartbeat patient to a Heartbeat supporter is a valuable step forward, both physically and psychologically, in the rehabilitation process. It has been a key part of my recovery during my 18 years involvement with Heartbeat.”
Club Treasurer Alan Bollands says: “Less than half of all cardiac patients in the North West take advantage of the rehabilitation exercise programmes offered around the region. We would like to encourage more heart patients to join clubs like ours. That is why we are inviting people to get in touch or to drop in to any of our sessions to see if it would suit them.”
The club offers one month free trial membership.
For further information, call Tony Wilson on 01772 719713 or 07984133557 or drop in before any session at 5.30pm any Tuesday or Friday at St. Vincent’s Hall, Corpus Christi High School, St. Vincent’s Road, Fulwood.
This is an appeal to find volunteers in the community to help Heartbeat raise vital funds throughout 2018.
We have lots of collections booked in this year at local supermarkets. We have a rota for each collection and ask volunteers to help out with one or two hour shifts to help man the collection. You can bring a friend, sit or stand. If you are able to give an hour of your time this year Heartbeat would be very grateful.
In one hour we can raise anything up to £60, every penny counts.
Heartbeat needs to raise £800,000 to run the services this year alone. We need your help and support to make this possible. Every penny and pound we raise will be put to good use.
Last year Heartbeat’s wonderful volunteers collected a whopping £7,577.71 as opposed to £7,016 in 2015. If you have a local corner shop or business, why not ask if they would take one Heartbeat’s collection tins. If you are able to spare any time to help with a store collection or could place one of our collection tins please contact Lynn (email@example.com).
Store Collections for 2018
Give a little time, make a BIG difference
Can you spare an hour or two between 10am and 4pm?
Sunday 2nd December, Waitrose Capitol Centre
Saturday 15th December, Sainsbury’s Deepdale
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December, Iceland North Road Preston
Store Collections for 2019
Sunday 20th January, Tesco Buckshaw Village
Saturday 26th January, Tesco Leyland Extra
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, Booths Longridge
Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, Booths Longton