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Corporate Fundraising!

Corporate Fundraising

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!

Why choose to work with Heartbeat?

  • Motivate your employees, encourage team building and develop new skills
  • Attain corporate social responsibility
  • Help support your local charity and people using Heartbeats services
  • 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…..

Join our current corporate supporters!

  • Barclays
  • Santander
  • Sentinel
  • RBS
  • TSB
  • Booths Fulwood
  • Westinghouse Springfield’s

How can you HELP!

  • Choose us as your charity of the Year
  • Corporate Donations
  • Employee volunteering
  • Payroll Giving
  • Heartbeat Lottery
  • Fundraising Events
  • Sponsorship of Events

In return, Heartbeat promises to continue supporting over 800 people each week, throughout local areas in Lancashire.

Contact the Corporate Fundraiser Sarah Clark on 01772 717147 or email
sarah@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Volunteer Roles Available!

Be a Heartbeat Hero and be part of our Volunteer Team

Heartbeat Hero

We are a small team with big aspirations and we rely on the generosity and time of our donors and volunteers to make those aspirations a reality.

If you are able to spare any time, even an hour or so here and there please contact Lynn on 01772 717147 or email lynn.preston@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Volunteer Roles Available!

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

Your involvement will make a difference

Please contact Lynn on 01772 717147 or email lynn.preston@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk for more information.

BHF & Heartbeat give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival

Heartbeat gains funding for Life-saving defibrillator at Preston North End FC

Heartbeat based at Preston North End is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.  Heartbeat plan to run training sessions in the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers to book onto a course contact info@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk or telephone 01772 717147.

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The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important the people of Deepdale know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity is campaigning for defibrillators to be made more accessible and recognisable to the public. Heartbeat want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school.

Siân Percival-Edwards from Heartbeat said: “The defibrillator will be placed on the front of our building just behind the iconic Sir Tom Finney Statue at Preston North End FC meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too. We’re now working to raise money for further defib’s to be placed around our community.”
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Judy O’Sullivan, Assistant Programme Director at the BHF, said: “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Heartbeat have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign – by making another defibrillator available in a public location and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death. ”

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around the body. They lose conscious almost at once and there are no signs of life. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important people in the Deepdale area know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

 

Heartbeat Defib PNE

 

Click here for instructions and further information

 

EASY Fundraising

Support Heartbeat while you shop!

All you need to do is sign up and best of all it’s free!

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Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Heartbeat ?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s really simple, all you have to do is:

1. Join
Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/heartbeat/ and sign up for free.

2. Shop
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

3. Raise
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Heartbeat will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you so much for your support!

CONGRATULATIONS RANVIR!!

Well done Ranvir! What an amazing achievement!
Thank you so much!
We’re so proud of you, and can’t thank you enough.
Ranvir Singh is Heartbeat’s Patron and a few weeks ago commented…Hello – well this a bit weird. I’ve imagined doing the London Marathon for donkey’s years  from the comfort of my bed on that Sunday morning in April.. and I’d always said I’ll do one before I’m 40. So a bit like childbirth, I’ll do it once, but never again – and in the process I’d like to do some good for someone else, with a little help from my friends. My dad had 2 heart attacks and died when he was 42. I was 9. It’s gets harder to be without a father as I get older for some reason. Heartbeat is a charity in Preston where I grew up, and it cares for people with heart problems, giving them every chance of seeing their kids grow up. I wish it had been around 30 years ago. If you could give as little or as much as you feel you can, that would be really encouraging for me. Thank you xxx”
Ranvir Marathon

Show Ranvir your support by sponsoring her efforts! Visit her just giving page www.justgiving.com/r-singhheartbeat
London Marathon 3
Look out for her on the television we’re hoping she will get interviewed donning a Heartbeat running vest!

Thank you Ranvir!

Heartbeat and the Lancashire Sunday Football League

Heartbeat Cardiac Screening - Aviva Community Fund

Heartbeat has entered into an exciting new partnership to provide cardiac testing for Sunday League footballers and referees.

The Lancashire Sunday League (formerly the LEP Sunday League) which has 85 clubs, playing in 7 divisions with 2,200 registered players, has pledged its charitable support to Heartbeat to enable them to deliver this new pilot project.

Westinghouse Springfield’s supports Heartbeat as their Charity of the Year and will financially support and contribute to the pilot.

180 screening tests will be undertaken by Heartbeats medical team over the next few months.

Every week at least 12 ‘apparently’ fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions. People (14-36 year olds) involved in sport may be at greater risk if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality and put their heart under stress whilst playing, in most cases there are no obvious symptoms. The testing will start on Saturday 30th January.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, ‘We are delighted to be associated with Heartbeat; an organisation which does so much for people with heart issues and we are sure that it will be a great benefit to our players and referees’

Jill Rogerson, Chief Executive of Heartbeat said, ‘It is important as a cardiac charity to ensure we deliver early intervention and prevention services if we are to contribute to a reduction in heart disease. We are excited about delivering this pilot programme with the football league, it is a great opportunity to support more people and raise awareness of heart disease and if we identify one young person with a potential heart problem it will have been worthwhile’

The middle picture above shows Mitch Newsham of AFC Ashwood being interviewed by Ian Haslam of the BBC following his test. The BBC crew then went to film Mitch playing for Fulwood Amateurs against Longridge Town at Lightfoot Lane.

See more information on the Lancashire Sunday Leagues website

Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Evening Post.

CORPUS CHRISTI CARDIO CLUB

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.

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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.

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