Category Archives: Get Involved

Thank you to staff at The Land Registry!

Staff at the Land Registry in Warton took part in Wear it Red Day for Heartbeat on 24th February and raised over £100!

Staff each paid £1.00 to take part in the fundraising day and wore their favourite red clothes to raise both awareness and funds for Heartbeat during Heart Awareness month! Thank you for all your support!

Land Registry



A heartfelt thanks to Barclays!

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!

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

Heartbeat’s Ladies Lunch

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


“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

Heartfelt thanks and a happy 70th birthday to David Banks

On Sunday 4th December 2016 Heartbeat member, David Banks, completed to the Lancaster half marathon to celebrate his 70th birthday. Well done David!

Here’s his message to you.

“Hi guys,

Well I completed the Lancaster 1/2 marathon along the banks of the Lune yesterday morning in 2hrs 11 minutes and 24 seconds

Following my two Cardiac procedures in 2013 I was contacted by a Cardiac nurse from the local charity Heartbeat. They helped me with advice with medication, enlisted me on the six week rehabilitation course in the gym and most of all gave me back my confidence.

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I am an ex-submariner from the Royal Navy and keen keep fitter who has completed 10 marathons so imagine; after my collapse I felt my whole world had fallen apart.

I have kept attending the gym classes at the fantastic rehabilitation centre at Deepdale Stadium and built up my fitness which helped me run the 13.1 mile race yesterday.

I ran it for Heartbeat and would be grateful for any donations.


David Banks”

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If you would like to make a donation towards David’s efforts, visit his JustGiving page or pop in to Heartbeat NWCC.




Runners turn out for Heartbeat

Close to 300 runners of all ages took part in the Heartbeat 2k and 1k fun runs at Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 25th September 2016. This is our 4th annual fun run and this year was the biggest so far, raising over £1000 for the charity.

The team at EverybodyFit led the warm up before Heartbeat Fundraising Officer Mark started the race at 1pm. Runners then took on the course with our mascot, Cardiac Carl clapping and cheering them on at the finish.

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We had some incredibly inspiring runners at the event too. Heartbeat member George, pictured below, took part for the second year in a row after suffering a severe stroke. Go George!

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A special mention also needs to go to the patients from the amputee clinic at Watling Street Road and to Gina Briggs who completed both 2k & 1k routes after running both 10k & 5k routes at the Run Preston event that morning. We can’t thank everyone individually but all those who took part helped to create a fantastic day! We can’t wait for next year!

You can check out the highlights from the event below.

Our Sponsors

We’d also like to thank Petticoat Lane Fireplaces for sponsoring the medals for the event. You can find out more about them here. Also, thank you to the guys at Run Preston for helping us manage the registrations for the event.

Keep an eye out for next years date and all the latest news at Heartbeat by following us on Facebook here or on twitter here.

Heartbeat Summer Raffle 2017 – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


Raffle Winners

Prize Description Winner
1st £2,500 MRS KEMPLE
2nd £150 Shopping Voucher CAROL PARKER
4th £10 M&S Voucher MRS J WILKINSON
5th £10 M&S Voucher MR ROBIN FRASER
6th £10 M&S Voucher MRS E MILLER
7th £10 M&S Voucher J WOOD
8th £10 M&S Voucher R POOLE
9th £5 M&S Voucher MRS T WALKER
10th £5 M&S Voucher D FISHWICK

Thank you all for your fantastic support! For more information or to claim your prize please call 01772 717147 or email



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

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