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A heartfelt thanks to Barclays!

Barclays Bank

Heartbeat is celebrating the fantastic fundraising efforts of staff from Barclays in Preston. Barclays have been supporting Heartbeat as one of their chosen charities and in 2016 they have raised nearly £6,000 for us!

Chris Nelson, branch manager from Barclays said, ‘The staff from Barclays Preston are proud to be able to support Heartbeat.  It’s been great for the local branch team to get involved with Charity work throughout 2016 and we are fully aware and appreciative of the support and services Heartbeat offer to help heart patients and those at risk of developing heart disease across Lancashire.’

Each week Heartbeat supports nearly 800 local people with cardiac rehabilitation sessions in Preston and the surrounding areas which currently costs nearly £1 million per year, all of which needs to come from voluntary donations!

Support from organisations like Barclays is vital to keeping the charity going according to Fundraising Manager, Michelle Hunt ‘Heartbeat is 100% reliant on voluntary donations, and local support like that from Barclays is so important to us. It has been great to work with the Barclays team who have been fantastic at fundraising and getting involved with Heartbeat events throughout the year. Their support and generosity will go a long way in helping hundreds of local people, affected by, and at high risk of heart disease.’

Thank you for your support Woodland Opticians!

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Staff from Woodhouse Opticians on Highfield Road, Blackpool visited Heartbeat’s Blackpool class at Stanley Park Leisure Centre to see firsthand what their fundraising efforts were going towards. The team at Woodhouse raised £731.64 following their Christmas event and raffle.

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The evening saw the Highfield Road community come together to for a night of mulled wine, nibbles, prosecco and even a visit from Father & Mother Christmas.  The night also launched the annual Christmas Raffle held by Woodhouse Opticians which raises funds for local charities.

Heartbeat support over 800 people every week across the North West who are living with heart disease through a specialist, GP led cardiac rehabilitation programme. Heartbeat’s preventative work, which in 2016 reached over 3500 school children, works in the community to raise awareness of heart disease and to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Heartbeat need to raise over £900,000 each year to continue to offer these services, all of which is raised through voluntary donations from people such as the team at Woodhouse Opticians.

If you’re inspired by Julie and the team at Woodhouse Opticians to support Heartbeat, contact Mark Cassidy on 01772 717 147 or

Thank you to everyone who donated in memory of Tom Harvey


Heartbeat would like to thank the family and friends of Tom Harvey, who recently passed away. Tom was a member of Heartbeat’s rehabilitation in the 1990’s following triple bypass surgery. Tom’s family believe that this was key to Tom’s recovery following his surgery and he enjoyed many healthy and happy years until he had a lung operation in August 2016 (aged 74) which he never recovered from. Up until this time he had enjoyed playing golf and was still working part-time.

Tom Harvey

Instead of flowers, Tom’s family asked for donations to be made to Heartbeat in his memory. A grand total of £510.00 was raised from the generosity of Tom’s family and friends and this money will be used to fund cardiac rehabilitation programmes, helping hundreds of local people, which will be a fitting tribute to Tom’s memory.

Thank you to: Tom’s daughters Gaynor and Georgina and their families, R H Little, Mr & Mrs Reed, Mr & Mrs Beattie, Mr & Mrs Penman, Mr & Mrs Jameson, D & D Hilton, Mrs Holme, Mr & Mrs Bradley, Mrs Davis, Mrs Ashley, Mr & Mrs Mills, C&J Smith, Mr & Mrs Berry, and everyone else who kindly contributed – Thank you.

Heartbeat’s Ladies Lunch

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Heartbeat Ladies Lunch

Thank you so much to all who joined and supported us for an exciting afternoon at The Villa in Wrea Green, such a beautiful venue.

This years event hosted a fashion show from Love Jewellery & Fashion, fabulous stalls to browse and talks from two inspirational guest speakers—CEO Maura Jackson (director of BYPHS Charity, helping young homeless people in Bolton) & CEO Lorraine Norris (Preston City Council’s Chief Executive).


Alongside the annual hat competition, auction and raffle we were also joined by Lytham St Anne’s Art Society who exhibited work from their fantastic artists.


More photos and amounts raised coming soon….

Date booked in already for 2018!! Friday 11th May 2018 at The Villa, Wrea Green. Tickets for the Ladies Lunch always sell fast, book as soon as you can!! Special offers and corporate tables released soon.

For more information contact the fundraising team on 01772 717 147 or email


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“One Mile FUN Run on Squash Courts” at Leyland Leisure Centre supporting local Chartity “HEARTBEAT” sponsored by “COSTA COFFEE”

On Saturday 26th November for the third year running I held a “FUN I Mile Run” for HEARTBEAT on the squash courts at Leyland Leisure Centre.

Helen Clitheroe despite a busy schedule came down to officially open the event. Unfortunately Rachid Elarkam the Retail Development Manager of Whitbread COSTA Lancashire & Cumbria was caught up in traffic in Manchester and was unable to make the photocall.

Helping me as young volunteers were members of our junior club and a student from Runshaw College recording the lengths everybody ran.

Despite many other events and activities held locally over the weekend, one of being a swimming gala at Leyland Leisure Centre, we still managed to raise £600.

The Heartbeat Fun run at Leyland Leisure Centre

The Heartbeat Fun run at Leyland Leisure Centre

This included £150 which nine youngsters from “Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club” raised as young volunteers at a stand I booked by Costa Coffee in St Georges Shopping Centre in Preston last month.

On one court were children (aged 6-15 years), on the other court adults.

Quote from Rachid Elarkam, Retail Development Manager Whitbread COSTA Lancashire & Cumbria ” We were excited to be involved in this community event again providing vouchers for attendees and seeing everyone get involved.  We will continue to integrate our stores with the local community, getting involved with events, providing our stores as meeting places and helping with fundraising”.

Quote from Helen Clitheroe the GB runner “I was delighted to support the event again”.

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Quote from Michelle Hunt Fundraising Manager at Heartbeat “We are very grateful to John for once again organising a sponsored event in aid of Heartbeat. Thank you to Costa Coffee for sponsoring the event and Leyland Leisure Centre for hosting the event again. The money raised from the event will go towards the on-going work provided to local people that require heart rehabilitation by providing an exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation programme, fully supervised by trained instructors, to those recovering from heart attack, surgery or stroke and supports those at risk of developing these conditions.”

HEARTBEAT are located at the old National Football Museum at Deepdale.

My thanks also to Donna Clifford who took the photos.

Thanks everybody for your support, it was very much appreciated.

John Gibson
Leyland Lions Junior Squash & Racketball Club
Volunteer Sports Events Fundraiser for Charity

We are so proud of our patron!

Congratulations Ranvir!

On the 20th January, in a spectacular inauguration event held at Preston Guild Hall, Ranvir Singh Heartbeat’s Patron was sworn in as the new Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire.

Ranvir UCLAN


Ranvir was born and educated in Preston.  In 2013 she received a UCLan Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to broadcasting.

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Only the third Chancellor to be appointed by the University, David Taylor Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board said ‘Ranvir’s individual qualities of talent and determination, as well as her professional achievements, make her an ideal fit for the role, I know she will be an excellent role model for our students’.


Heartbeat are delighted, congratulations Ranvir!


January 2017 Lottery Results

Glasses of champagne with gold ribboned gifts

Lottery Winners January 2017

The winners for the week ending the 27th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners

Q4008 – NOBLET P M


£50 winners


A1375 – GILL S

£25 winners



Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 20th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

G0322 – STOTT D

£100 winners


N5017 – PORTER E

R2673 – MOXHAM S

£50 winners

F1539 – TAYLOR L

P6390 – SMITH J

£25 winners

R5710 – MILLER K

L2326 – SIMON V

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 13th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners

C0768 – HUGHES M


£50 winners


P2523 – LOWE H

£25 winners

D9014 – DEAN L

E5915 – KIRBY D

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 6th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

J2996 – FLYNN F

£100 winners



£50 winners

V8037 – HODSON B


£25 winners


K0924 – JORDAN G

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

PNE: Rise of the Invincibles book launch raises over £1400 for Heartbeat


Over 80 people turned out at The Villa, North End for the official launch of Preston North End – Rise of the Invincibles graphic novel on Thursday 1st December 2016.

The night was kicked off by author Michael Barrett talking about his book, including an email reading from Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque, who illustrated the book.

Michael commented, “It was a fantastic turnout for the event. It was really good to see so many of the people that have bought and supported the book from its beginning. Simon Grayson’s Q & A session was the icing on the cake to a great night!”.


Following this was a Q&A with PNE manager, Simon Grayson, led by football pundit Simon Crabtree, which saw the PNE manager taking questions from the audience about everything from his all-time XI players he’s managed to which player in the world he’d most like to sign.

The book which has now become a best seller, is now on sale and can be purchased online at It can also be purchased on Amazon or from the PNE club shop, Waterstone’s Preston, Halewood’s of Friargate, and the Harris Museum shop. The special art prints can be bought on the Invincible Books website.

Ticket revenue, money raised from a raffle and a donation from each book sold on the night being donated to Heartbeat NWCC, the event raised over £1400. Prizes for the raffle included signed PNE shirts & Invincibles prints, a bracelet from George Banks Jewellers, a Four Ball voucher for Preston Golf Club, a voucher from The Health Shack, and many more.

Heartbeat Fundraising Officer Mark said “We’d like to thank Michael for choosing us to be the beneficiary of the event. The book is a fantastic idea so to be part of the launch is great for us. The money raised from the event will help Heartbeat to run it’s vital services supporting local people with heart disease”

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