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Martin Issatt runs to say thank you to Heartbeat

Press Release

Date: October 2017

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

If like Martin, you would like to became a Heartbeat hero please contact Lisa Riding in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email

We still have places available in the Great Manchester half marathon and 10k taking place on Sunday 20th May 2018. Please contact Lisa

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.


Charity Fundraising Ball in aid of Heartbeat

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 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.

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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 events at Leyland Leisure Centre raises funds for Heartbeat

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.


John Gibson 8Heartbeat would like to thank everyone involved and John Gibson for his continued support and organising such amazing events!



For more information at the LEP please click here

If you would like to chat to a member of the Fundraising Team to discuss a sponsorship opportunity or fundraising ideas please phone 01772 717147 or email


Heartbeat Heroes

Youngsters pack bags at Waitrose for Heartbeat

Youngsters from Balshaws, Archbishop Temple, Astley Park, Lostock Hall High, All Hallows, Lostock Hall Community Primary School and Clayton-le-Woods Primary School packed bags at Waitrose in Preston.

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Michelle Hunt, head of fund-raising at Heartbeat, in Preston, said: “We would like to thank all the pupils involved. They raised £200 in donations which will be used to help fund the work of Heartbeat. One in four people in Lancashire are affected by heart disease and it is thanks to the support of local people that a service like Heartbeat exists.”

Very special thanks to John Gibson for organising the volunteers and to Waitrose for their continued support.

Please click here for link to LEP website for more information

For more information of Store Collections or to help with volunteering or raising funds for Heartbeat please click HERE or call Lynn on 01772 7107147 ( thank you.

Here’s to Sian!

Our very own Heartbeat Hero, Sian, tackled the 2017 AJ Bell London Triathlon and conquered it, Olympic distance no less!!

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This Olympic triathlon course is a big event in the triathlon calendar, against really strong athletes.

Sian said… “I am absolutely made up with a time of 2:56, I loved every minute (the hardest part was getting out of my wetsuit) I had amazing support from the Heartbeat Team, my family and TSB.

So, onto the next challenge, it’s going to be a big one for Heartbeat’s 40th Birthday!”

Thank you 14“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who took time to wish me luck and to also sponsor me, I managed to raise more than £550 …. so, I am hoping to use that money specifically for a piece of kit for once of our gyms.”

Well done Sian! You’re an inspiration!

Huge thanks to TSB, who nominated Heartbeat to be one of their charities of the year for 2017. They kindly offered Heartbeat a place in the Triathlon. 100 TSB employees and 30 charity partners took part in the 2017 AJ Bell London Triathlon, raising funds for many great causes.


We’ve done it again!

We’ve won our 3rd consecutive Gold Cardiac Smart award

With the publicity over Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest, the Oliver King Foundation’s petition, and with more common interest over Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), the dangers of heart health are at the forefront of the nation’s psyche.

The Cardiac Smart initiative promotes awareness of heart health, and awards community groups, organisations and individuals for their commitments to increasing this awareness within their local community or workplace.  The criteria for achieving each standard increase across the three levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold.

For the third time, Heartbeat NWCC have been successful in being awarded a gold Cardiac Smart award, the highest possible achievement.  Heartbeat NWCC are actively engaged with the Chain of Survival and Community Resuscitation teams across the North-West Ambulance Service promoting the four stages to the ‘chain of survival’.

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Our notable Cardiac Smart gold award achievements include:

  • All our sites have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • All staff are trained in CPR and AED use
  • A Community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) has been placed on the external wall of our PNE site
  • First aid courses for the community run on a monthly basis at PNE
  • ‘Mini-medics’ a child friendly first aid course is available to primary schools throughout Lancashire
  • Actively promoting AED’s/cPADs through our network of corporate partners

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How we can help you?

  • Automated External Defibrillator – We are working very closely with

24 Hour National Three Peak Challenge in Memory of George

Former PNE player George Ross sadly passed away in May last year on the last day of the football season. His son, Andrew Ross, and four friends (Pete Smith, Jonathan Cuff, Adam Horabin, Paul Young and driver David Latham) are determined to take on the National Three Peaks challenge in memory of George on 16th June, and raise money for the heart charity Heartbeat.

Andrew said, “We are doing the National Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours or less, Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell (England) and Snowdon (Wales). I am doing it in memory of my dad and to try to raise a bit of cash for Heartbeat.” George attended Heartbeat for cardiac rehabilitation in Preston, for many years and was a great supporter of the charity.

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Michelle Hunt, Heartbeat’s Fundraising Manager said “On behalf of all of us at Heartbeat I would like thank Andrew for choosing to support us and allowing us to benefit from his efforts in this challenge in memory of George who was well known and loved by everyone at Heartbeat. The money that Andrew and his friends raise 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. We wish Andrew and his team the best of luck in this very difficult challenge.”


If you would like to support Andrew please visit his JustGiving page, www.justgiving/fundraising/AndrewRoss3Peaks or if you’d like to undertake a similar challenge and raise funds for Heartbeat, please contact the fundraising team today on 01772 717147 or email



Lauren Conquers Another Challenge for Heartbeat!

On 6th May Heartbeat Hero Lauren Hogg took part at Rat Race 2017 Burghley Park, Stamford to raise money for Heartbeat, in memory of her Grandpa, Grant Williams.

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Lauren said, “I took part in Rat Race 2017 to raise money for Heartbeat because they supported my Grandpa for many years.  I signed up to take part in another challenge which was sure to get my heart pumping! Last year I completed Total Warrior, which was 30 punishing obstacles over a 12k distance. There was a lot of mud along the way too!

This year going one BIG step further, there are a whopping 200 obstacles over a 20 mile distance to overcome.

Like last year, I was determined to push myself further following the massive support and generous donations from friends, family and even strangers. Heartbeat is solely funded by it’s own fundraising and donations from supporters and do not at present receive any external funding from the NHS or Government, so if I can do something to help I will be happy.

Heartbeat is the North West’s leading cardiac rehabilitation charity, providing services for over 700 people each week and has supported heart patients, my Grandpa included, and those at risk for over 35 years.

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So far Lauren’s Rat Race Challenge has raised an amazing… £228.74!

Donating £5 will contribute to a cholesterol test. Donating £10 will contribute to a treadmill test. Donating £15 will contribute to an ECG test for a child.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Please click here to visit Lauren’s JustGiving page.

Brickhouse Caravan Site Host an Easter Raffle for Heartbeat

Heartbeat Heroes

Special thanks to Tim and Lynda Gornall who raised vital funds for Heartbeat by hosting an Easter Raffle at their magnificent Caravan Site in Chipping.


Tim & Lynda and their generous guests raised a fantastic £174.67 for Heartbeat! Which is a fantastic amount, thank you so much!


Lynda said “I can’t believe how much we raised, people staying on the caravan site were very generous.

This year was the 4th year we have done the Easter egg raffle for Heartbeat.

We started collecting for Heartbeat with a donation box in our information cabin on the caravan site, after Tim attended the rehab centre at Heartbeat.”

If you would like to host an event for Heartbeat or have a donation box on your premises and raise funds for a fantastic cause, please contact our fundraising team on 01772 717147 or email 

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