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 18th May 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.

18th May – We are holding a CPR training session led by Ray Simpson and supported by BHF. We have some CPR dolls and an instruction DVD to show. This is a good opportunity to see the current recommendations and “have a go” at administering CPR. This is a practical evening and we will be seeking volunteers from the audience to participate. These skills are literally life savers and without the presence of somebody willing to give CPR our chairman would not be with us. Please come along, take part and equip yourself with the ability to save a life and have a bit of fun along the way.

Exercise !

Biking or Walking

We will be holding the proposed meet ups at Hanningfield Reservoir are ideal for both riders and walkers. Hanningfield has two very nice cafes so you could come along and either ride, walk, feed the ducks or just sit and enjoy the view with a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. The next meet up is planned for Sunday 17th May 2015 and we intend to meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 start at the fishing lodge off South Hanningfield Road. Everyone is welcome with or without a bike

Are you doing enough ? Click link below from the BHF

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

Hearts & Minds Quilt – You can still buy tickets from Cardiac Rehab for the chance to win the beautiful hand crafted 100” x 66” all cotton quilt, donated by Tina Preston-Strutt and her co-quilters at Patchwork Friends of Hornchurch. There are 80 hand appliqued hearts made with love. At the end of April the ticket sales exceed £800 and a final push can hopefully put us over £900. If you haven’t had the chance to buy some tickets please do so as soon as you can. Tickets are £1 a strip and the draw for the quilt will be made at the May group meeting so you have only a short period of time to buy tickets.

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Welcome to five new members


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


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

See more information in  this months news letter and from the Teddies Travels Tab on the main menu