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.