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 email@example.com.
We still have places available in the Great Manchester half marathon and 10k taking place on Sunday 20th May 2018. Please contact Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Tips For Change
Psychology For Change
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 email@example.com.
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.”
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.
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 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.
Heartbeat would like to thank everyone involved and John Gibson for his continued support and organising such amazing events!