Category Archives: Get Involved

Lancashire Women’s Centres – Ready to Save Lives

Lancashire Women’s Centres (LWC) provide health and social care services in Cumbria and Lancashire to women and their families.

Throughout May/June 2018 Heartbeat NWCC are delivering a series of first aid workshops at LWC’s 5 Lancashire sites, which were made available to all staff.

Workshop sessions were 90 minutes in duration and covered work-place specific first aid topics, such as;

  • serious bleeding
  • CPR
  • recovery position
  • suspected heart attack
  • choking
  • anaphylaxis
  • seizures
  • safe use of a AED (Defib)

Sessions were practical, hands-on training tailored to the working environment.

In total 27 members of LWC staff attended the workshops.

“Thanks Siân for being so patient, letting us chop & change dates & travelling all over Lancashire to train our teams. The feedback from everyone has been excellent & they feel more confident now to cope with emergency situations” Kathryn Malley, Service Manager (Blackpool & Lancaster)

To contact Lancashire Women’s Centres please click here

To book a Heartbeat workshop like this for your organisation, please call us on 01772 717 147 or email Sian at sian.edwards@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk.

Well done to our Heartbeat Heroes!

We would like to say a great big THANK YOU to this bunch of superstars for successfully completing Sefton Triathlon last Sunday 29th April.

Heartbeat Cardiac Physiologist Jo Duff made it a family affair and is pictured here crossing the finishing line with brother Jeremy Bradburn.

Jo’s son Jack and Daughter Georgia also pictured crossing the finishing line and Jo’s friends who are also siblings Sarah Horsfall, James McQuillen and Helen Mills also completed the challenge in aid of Heartbeat.

Thank you so much to all for taking part and raising an awesome £700 in aid of Heartbeat.

To sponsor the team visit their JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jo-Duff

If you are competing in a challenge and you would like to fundraise for Heartbeat (THANK YOU!!) please contact Lisa for advice and a fundraising pack lisa@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk or phone 01772 717147 and she will be happy to help you.

Heartbeat Carry out Training for Highfield Community Group

Defibrillator Training

Highfield

Members of Highfield Community Group in Blackpool receiving their community AED (Defib) familiarisation training.

In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year in homes and communities where the emergency medical services attempt resuscitation.

However, less than one in ten victims of cardiac arrest survive to be discharged from hospital.

Would you know what to do in this type of emergency?

If not why not book a community first aid session for your group or society, contact Sian on 01772 717147 for more information.

Record Attempt: Largest Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Lesson

As part of our 40th Birthday celebrations, would you like to join us in our World Record attempt?Heartbeat 40th logo

In 2018 Heartbeat will be attempting to break a world record for the “Largest Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Lesson” and we want you to be involved!

World Record 2

Would you like to be part of the Event?

If you’d like to attempt to break the world record with us you must have at least one of the following medical conditions, we will need medical proof of this:

  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Stent
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardio Version
  • Heart Failure
  • LVAD
  • Angina
  • Coronary Bypass
  • Heart surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart procedure

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED

Get involved

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST WITH US NOW!!

Join In

Email us at events@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk to join in the World Record Attempt

Martin Issatt runs to say thank you to Heartbeat

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

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.

SRBC Testing 2

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

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.. “She smashed it!”

Well done Sian!

Amazing! Such a fantastic inspiration! We’re all so proud of you!

On Sunday, 15th July, our fabulous team mate Sian took on one of the toughest challenges known to man (and woman) all in aid of Heartbeat!

Part 1:   2.4-mile swim (2 laps) of Pennington Flash

Part 2:   Cycle 112 miles

Part 3:   Run 26.22-miles

Why did Sian do this….

Sian says… “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 the North West.

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

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

 

We are all so proud of our Sian for all her dedication.  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!

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

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