A voluntary self-funding group of heart patients and their careers that help patients and careers face the future

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Next Meeting Monday 20th July 2015

Buddy System

We are very keen to establish a “buddy” network as part of the group’s continuing desire to provide practical support to patients and families who have experienced a cardiac event. We are seeking volunteers from within the group to offer their time to speak to patients who are recently discharged from hospital or about to go in to have a procedure or a carer who has a full list of worries and concerns for the wellbeing of their partner.  This opportunity to speak with someone who has gone through what you are about to can prove to be invaluable. We believe that everybody will benefit from speaking to somebody who has “been there, done that and bought the T Shirt” (you can actually buy the T Shirt from us!). This will not be a case of having people ringing you at all times of the day. The patients will be closely matched so that their condition matches your own and they will be told a time to call that is convenient for you. Please cast your mind back to your own event and consider how useful it would have been to have the opportunity to speak with someone.

20th July  Graham Palmer a group member will be giving advice and tips on the many aspects of gardening and how a session in the garden can be of great benefit to both hearts and minds

Are you doing enough ? Click link below from the BHF

Lack of exercise may lead to twice as many deaths as obesity, study claims

Welcome to five new members

In the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure, please welcome

Ranulph, Philleas, Walter, Scott and Marco to the group.

The BHF are also organising a London to Southend walk over the weekend of 12/13th July. For those who do not fancy the ride, the walk starts at Fulham Palace and goes through to Southend Pier. The half walk is either from Fulham Palace to Rainham or Rainham to Southend. Tina and Karen have both signed up for the Fulham Palace to Rainham section and they will be thrilled if anybody wants to join them. Full details are again available on BHF website. The full walk is 100km (just over 60 miles) and will be well organised and sign posted if the ride is anything to go by.

For both the ride and the walk, sponsorship can be obtained by participants and added to group funds via our Just Giving page. If you are interested in either event please look at BHF website and decide if it is something you want to do and, importantly, are physically able to do.

The BHF web address is www.bhf.org.uk then click on the “get involved” tab and then on the “events” tab and you will get the choice for rides, walks and other activities.

BHF Events - We will be back out on the road on Sunday 19th July for the BHF bike ride. We already have 8 confirmed riders and hope to top the £2,300 we received from donations for the 2014 ride.

As part of our aim to inspire people we want to get the message across that there are opportunities to live a fulfilled life after a cardiac event. An element of life that is important to many people is the ability to take a holiday. We already know that many of our members regularly manage to get away to various locations within the UK, Europe and further abroad. We need to let current patients know that, in most cases, travel is still an option. To enforce this we have purchased five travel teddies for members to take away on their travels. There are three criteria for taking one off the teddies away with you:

1. The teddy must come back in good condition,

2. You need to supply a picture to be put up in Rehab,

3.  Copy to david.march.sky.com for the website,