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Afternoon Tea & Charity Evening

Champers

Calling all supporters of Heartbeat

Heartbeat are blessed to have a fantastic supporter called Kelly Baines, who is a nurse on the Coronary Care Unit at RPH.

Last year with her friends they raised an amazing £850 by undertaking the Yorkshire 2 peaks walk.

This year Kelly has kindly organised an Afternoon Tea and Charity Evening to raise funds for Heartbeat on Saturday 12th May at the Preston Marriott Hotel at Broughton.

Afternoon Tea is at 2pm, £20 per ticket. This is open to all ages to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Preston Marriott Hotel. Included will be a musical set from Dan Hadfield, a Gary Barlow tribute singer and swing singer.

  • Afternoon Tea includes:
  • Tea time Éclairs
  • Fruit cake slice
  • Bakewell fingers
  • Carrot cake
  • Coffee and walnut cake
  • Large fruit scone with clotted cream and jams
  • Selection of four filling sandwiches
  • Tea, herbal tea or coffee
    (Subject to change)

The Charity Evening is from 7.30pm, £30 per ticket. Over 18, smart casual dress code, no trainers. We will have a close up magician to amaze you on arrival, photographer with photo booth area, DJ and a full set from Dan Hatfield, singing songs from Gary Barlow and Take That.

  • There will be a buffet available including:
  • Sandwiches and Ciabatta
  • Potato wedges
  • Salad
  • Pork pie and pickle onions
  • BBQ chicken drumsticks
  • Mini pizzas
  • Tea, herbal tea or coffee
    (Subject to change)

At both event we will be selling raffle tickets for some amazing prizes and will be drawn in the evening.

Sounds delicious and fun???

Tickets are still available for this amazing event!! Contact Lisa in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email lisa@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Martin Issatt runs to say thank you to Heartbeat

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Press Release

Date: October 2017

Martin, 49 from Chipping, wanted to give something back to Heartbeat after attending rehabilitation classes at the centre within PNE.

In Spring 2017 Martin started to feel unwell and after several visits to the hospital in June 2017 he had a double heart bypass. After his operation Martin was referred to Heartbeat for his rehabilitation classes.

 

Martin said, “Being diagnosed with heart disease was a huge shock, but after my surgery I found the Heartbeat rehab program an invaluable part of my recovery, the team worked with me and gave me advice on training limits to help me achieve my goals, without the program I don’t think I’d be as well as I feel now.”

Martin previously enjoyed taking part in challenges such as Bad Ass Mucker 10k in 2015 and in 2014 and 2013 he took part in Para10 which is a 10-mile endurance run organised by the Parachute Regiment and was physically fit when he began to feel unwell. Martin has got a family history of heart disease; however, it took Martin by surprise when he was told he had to have a double heart bypass.

Lisa Riding Heartbeat fundraiser said, “Martin has decided to take part in the Morecambe 10k later this year to raise funds for Heartbeat. This will mark his 12-month anniversary after having his heart bypass. Martin has found his recovery difficult not only physically, but emotionally to, so this really will be a challenge for him and we can’t thank him enough. He is a true inspiration to us all.”

Martin is now a member of the Cardiac Athletes and took part in his 1st 5k run in Oct 2017, just four months after his operation. If you would like to support Martin who will be running with his brother and fellow Cardiac Athlete and Heartbeat supporter Darren Nicholls please visit Martin’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/martin-issatt2

If like Martin, you would like to became a Heartbeat hero please contact Lisa Riding in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email lisa@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk.

We still have places available in the Great Manchester half marathon and 10k taking place on Sunday 20th May 2018. Please contact Lisa lisa@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk.

Heartbeat helps over 900 people every week through its cardiac rehabilitation sessions in Preston and the surrounding area which currently costs over 1 million pounds per year and is entirely funded from voluntary donations.

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Blood Pressure Testing at SRBC

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Blood pressure screening in Leyland… even the Mayor and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire didn’t escape us!

Raising awareness for both Heart Health and Heartbeat.

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Left to Right: Debbie Crossley (Heartbeat Cardiac Physiologist),  Mayoress Mrs Carole Titherington,  Mayor of SRBC Labour Councillor Mick Titherington,   Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and Jo Duff (Heartbeat Cardiac Physiologist)

Nutrition Seminars

Heart Hands

In January Heartbeat ran Nutrition Seminars for class members, and the public, to support those who want to lose weight, eat more healthy or gain a better understanding of nutrition for cardiac health.

These seminars were run by our own Cardiac Physiologists Joanne Duff and Debbie Crossley.  Rebecca Ellis, our Trainee Health Psychologist, also spoke about Psychology For Change.

Topics covered

  • Risk Factors
  • Food Groups
  • Eating Well
  • Food Labels
  • Tips For Change
  • Psychology For Change

Feedback…

The seminars were very well attended and every attendee noted that they found the seminar informative.

“Very informative seminar, very interesting & well delivered”

“Really informative & helped to keep us on track”

“A very informative seminar”

“Overall very relaxed & a useful session”

Attendees also suggested that they would like Heartbeat to provide additional seminars covering; Medicines, Exercise & Psychology.

Interested in attending?

We plan to repeat the seminar again this year so if you are interested please register your name & email/contact number at reception or email info@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk.

 

Sian’s Mighty Ironman Challenge

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Sian may well be fit and healthy, and our in-house health guru, but this challenge is huge!

On Sunday 15th July she will be undertaking one of the toughest challenges known to man (and woman) all in aid of Heartbeat!

Sian’s Story

“This year I have decided to take on the Ironman Bolton course

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I know that for some of you reading you’ll think … “Well Siân is fit, she exercises all the time, that’s not much of a challenge” so I wanted to just break it down as to exactly what I will be taking on this year, 15th July 2018.

Part 1

The Ironman starts off with a 2.4-mile swim (2 laps) of Pennington Flash (Leigh) at about 6am, this is an open water swim with hundreds of other competitors who all want to get in front of you, a torrent of kicking feet and punching hands, plus waves.

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There is no wall to turn off like a pool; you cannot touch the bottom; you can hardly see in front of you; its cold; “things” touch your feet and for that split second you think it is the Loch Ness monster on holiday trying to pull you under the water and then you remember its probably a reed or a fish (which is still terrifying).

You kick and swim, as steadily but fast as you can, looking up every couple of strokes to make sure you’re not about to swim into another person and to navigate yourself around the course (twice). Trying to lift your head and mouth up high enough so that you don’t drink any of the water and making sure you have enough breath whilst trying to remain as calm as possible.

After about an hour in the water you start to experience “brain freeze”, if you’ve ever eaten ice cream you’ll know what this feels like, but it doesn’t go away… slowly your fingers and toes also become numb and then you realise … after this I must get on a bike and cycle for 112 miles!

You have 2 hours and 20 minutes to swim the distance, if you are not finished in that time you are pulled out of the water by a boat and that is the end of your Ironman.

Part 2

At the end of the swim you drag yourself out of the water and are met by some amazing volunteers who are there to help you unzip your wetsuit, trust me after being in that cold water your extremities don’t work quite as they should… wetsuit unzipped its time to jog to transition 1 where you get your cycling kit on and collect your bike… this will be the longest transition time making sure I get properly dry and changed as I am about to cycle 112 miles.

Onto the bike …. So, you’re now sat on a tiny, thin plastic seat for 112 miles, again this section must be completed in 8 hours and 10 minutes or else the minibus picks you up and that’s your Ironman over!

The route, although picturesque and rural, is quite hilly “Athletes will take on the undulating hills of the Lancashire countryside during the 2-loop bike course. There are steep climbs on the course” and after being laid flat in cold water you now need your body to sit upright and start peddling.

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Food and drink will be at the forefront of my mind, trying to make sure my body is replenished and fuelled equally … trying to cycle and eat, to me is like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy, and with my feet clipped into the pedals its about making sure I don’t fall off!

With the Ironman you must be fully self-sufficient so if you get a flat tyre no one can give you anything or help you change it…. hours will be spent practicing changing a tyre, so if anyone wants to help me … I will be very grateful!

There are a few unknowns on the bike course… what happens if I really need a wee? … I would have drunk some of the flash’s water surely…. What’s the weather going to be like? …. How long will it be until my toes go numb and when can I eat?

7-8 hours on a bike, by yourself … no one to talk to… no music allowed … filling your brain with all kinds of rubbish but knowing that once this is over you must run a marathon (26.22 miles).

Part 3

Transition 2, where you rack your bike, take your helmet off, grab your running shoes and hope that your legs can at least walk. The run is around Bolton town centre (4 loops), by now I would have spent anywhere between 8.5-10 hours by myself exercising and telling myself that I am hungry and want a nap! Talking of food …. I am totally driven my food, so I would probably spend a few hours of the bike ride planning what I was going to eat, down to the finest detail! This will include cake and ice cream!!

So, the worst that can happen when you stop swimming is you drown, if you stop cycling you fall off and if you stop running …. you walk…. The run will be a mixture of walk and jog… stopping at the fuel stations to hydrate and feed … did I mention I’ll be starving by now!

Emotions will be running high and my body running on empty… it is here where I feel I will need to use other people’s energy, someone to shout, “you can do it” or “I have food” or just a face that smiles at you or a child with their hand out wanting a high five… ALWAYS give them a high five, you never know who you’re inspiring.

If you are free on the 15th July… I would LOVE to see your face!

I’ll have 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete the run and if I don’t I’ll be pulled off the course and the Ironman will be over, strict rules but you don’t become an Ironman easily!

In total I will have 17 hours to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run.

Am I crazy?… possibly!

Why am I doing it? A few reasons, mainly it’s Heartbeat NWCC’s 40th Birthday, this charity I work for is a small charity in Preston that offers cardiac prevention and rehabilitation to Lancastrians. We all know someone who has been affected by heart disease (STROKE, heart attack, angina, heart failure and congenital heart disease) and this charity helps over 800 people every single week. Heartbeat NWCC is entirely self-funded and relies on generous donations, I am hoping to raise a good amount of money for them, if you could donate anything please visit my JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sian-percival-edwards2

Sian Ironman

Secondly, because of the challenge and to me this is the biggest one out there.

Training

Training and preparing for the Ironman will take over a year, approximately 10-15 hours a week. It is a huge commitment and one I would never be able to do without the constant support from my wife, Angela – thank you for believing in my crazy ideas!

A warning to all. I am probably tired and hungry whenever you see me, but now you know why!

P.s. it’s now just 4 months away!”

We are all so proud of our Sian for all her dedication, this will be a massive challenge, but we know Sian’s the girl for the job, and we’ll be there with bells on to support her!

If you would like to sponsor Sian and support her in this massive challenge, please click here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sian-percival-edwards2

Thank you

Heartbeat Heroes!

Heartbeat Hero

Tony & Andrea are the landlords of the Army and Navy Pub in Preston.

Army & Navy pub

In the last 12 months they have collected over £138 in aid of Heartbeat… that makes them Heartbeat Heroes ! 

Army & Navy Pub

 

Thank you so much for your amazing support!

If you would like more information on how to raise vital funds for Heartbeat please email jillian@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk or phone 01772 717147

It’s our 40th Birthday!

40th

Heartbeat have been caring for and rehabilitating people of the North West for 40 years!

Heartbeat was founded in 1978 by Keith and Rose Redman who sadly lost their teenage daughter, Gillian, to heart disease.

Keith and Rose recognised the need to develop support and enhanced rehabilitation for people affected by heart disease post hospital discharge.

This pioneering approach to cardiac rehabilitation has provided support to thousands of people over Heartbeat’s 40 year history.

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So we’re going to make 2018 a very special year, full of fundraising celebrations, activities and even a world record attempt!

We have a huge goal of raising an additional £40k, we would like you to be part of our celebrations.

Keep your eye on our website over the up and coming months!

For more information contact us on 01772 717147 info@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Charity Fundraising Ball in aid of Heartbeat

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On 18th November a sumptuous dinner organised as a tribute to legendary poultry farmer the late Reg Johnson, the man who got the country’s top chefs to prefix their duck and chicken dishes with the word Goosnargh to put the village on the culinary map, turned out to be a real menu pleaser not just for its 320 guests but also, his two favourite charities.

The event, held at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park ground last November, raised £20,000 for the Reg Johnson Foundation, which has now been equally divided between Rosemere Cancer Foundation and cardiac rehabilitation charity Heartbeat, which is based at Preston North End’s Deepdale ground.

Reg’s daughter Kara Johnson and family friend Norma Scott met with Rosemere’s Louise Grant and Heartbeat’s Louise Bache at Deepdale to present each with their share.

Kara and Norma were also the dinner’s organisers, helped by another of Reg’s close friends, Northcote’s Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth.

On behalf of Heartbeat Lisa Riding the senior fundraising officer said – “I would also like to thank Norma, Kara and all those that supported the Reg Johnson Foundation at the event which raised this amazing amount for two local charities. Heartbeat is the North West Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre based within Preston North End with outreach sites over Preston, Blackpool and Chorley”

2018 is extremely significant for Heartbeat as it celebrates 40 years serving the local community. The money raised from this event will go towards the much-needed funds which enables Heartbeat to provide rehabilitation classes to over 900 people per week which currently costs over 1 million pounds per year. Visit www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk to find out more about Heartbeat and its work in the local community.

The Reg Johnson Foundation was set up in Reg’s memory following his death two years ago.

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Photo: Kara Johnson, second from the left, and Norma Scott present Heartbeat’s Louise Bache (far left) and Rosemere’s Louise Grant (far right) with equal shares of the proceeds from the Reg Johnson Charity Foundation Dinner

Sporting events at Leyland Leisure Centre raises funds for Heartbeat

The junior squash event at Leyland Leisure Centre, raising money for Heartbeat

Sporting communities in Leyland have raised almost £2,000 for Heartbeat. Families took part in a one-mile fun run around the squash courts at Leyland Leisure Centre, with a total of £1,750 gained through sponsorship.

Organiser John Gibson said: “Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer, with one in four people in Lancashire affected. Encouraging children with their parents to take part in sport has numerous health benefits and is a great way to improve the heart health of our future generations.

“Heartbeat has to raise a million pounds a year to ensure it keeps up the great work.

“I want to thanks everybody who made donations, especially Dave Culshaw from UK Car Line Ltd who gave £500; Erin Hawthorne from Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd, who donated £250 and Jon Nelson from M2M Intelligence Ltd who gave £250.

“I also want to say a big to Costa Coffee for sponsoring the event for the third year, Leyland Leisure Centre for allowing us to use the courts for free, and Lancashire Police for providing police cadets to help us record the lengths everybody ran.

“I am grateful for all the great prizes which organisations and companies gave me, the children and adults who took part, and everybody who kindly donated something.”

Squash players also held two fund-raising matches for the Preston-based heart charity, gathering a further £150.

John added: “Despite many of our children not available because they were playing in national and county events, we still managed to raise £150.

“My personal thanks to Jodi Evans, of Euxton Park Golf Centre, who sponsored the junior event, and Paul Kennedy, of Go Cruise, who sponsored the adult event.”

Volunteers collecting at St George’s Shopping Centre raised a further £175.

 

John Gibson 8Heartbeat would like to thank everyone involved and John Gibson for his continued support and organising such amazing events!

 

 

For more information at the LEP please click here https://www.lep.co.uk/news/sporting-events-at-leyland-leisure-centre-raises-funds-for-heartbeat-1-8907556

If you would like to chat to a member of the Fundraising Team to discuss a sponsorship opportunity or fundraising ideas please phone 01772 717147 or email lisa@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

 

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