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We have had a few people asking how they can donate to Hearts & Minds so we thought it would be a good time to place a link direct to our Just Giving page.

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Next Meeting Monday 21st May

maarch 2018

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.

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 fu  rther 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 for the website,

BHF have updated four of their popular booklets in the Heart Information Series about different heart conditions and treatments, including

blood pressure - peripheral arterial disease

 atrial fibrillation - heart transplant  

Click on the above links to download these booklets

Each booklet includes patient case studies and they offer a valuable source of information and support to patients and their families.

May – Our next meeting on 21st May will be a practical hands on CPR session, led by Ray Simpson. Everyone should know how to perform CPR, so come along and get some practice.




Dave Gillespie 12 in 12

We recently lost a very good friend of a lot of people, Dave had a massive heart which eventually took him from us, We all miss Dave so much and he was a diamond bloke who was a great friend to so many. I am running 12 marathons in 12 months in Daves memory and to raise money for the Basildon heart support group which provides equipment and care at Basildon hospital. I know Dave would call me a twat and tell me to get a bus but I am sure he would also love the idea of helping others in his memory. Please donate, we have no target and the money will be presented December 2018 after my last marathon

I start running the marathons in January so I am putting in a lot of training at the moment, I run for the Phoenix striders running club.

First marathon booked, January 14th , Kent Chocathon, wish me luck guys

Jim Price

You can donate on Jim’s Just Giving page  

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Issued by: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Communications Office

The quiz night is now booked for Friday 25th May. Tickets will be on sale shortly and will be £5 per head with a maximum of 8 per table. This event is always a sell out so please purchase your tickets as soon as you can to avoid missing out. The theme of the quiz will reflect the 10 year celebrations and will include some favourite sections from previous quizzes as well as some new sections.


Gala Dinner to Mark Our 10th Anniversary

This year is the tenth anniversary of the foundation of our group. To mark the occasion, a Gala Dinner is to be held at the Holiday Inn, Basildon, on Friday 21st September. There will be a three course meal, live entertainment with “Elvis”, a raffle, an auction and a cash bar. Tickets, priced at £30 per head will be on sale from the March meeting. This is expected to be a popular event, with numbers limited to 200, so be sure to book early. Tickets on sale from March 19th Contact Ray Simpson on 07989 964630‬.‬‬

James Price

Second marathon completed at jawdropper at Walton on Thames, carrying an injury but still completed the full marathon in 4.35, x next marathon in 2 weeks.

Jim has now raised £560.00 for Hearts & Minds

jim price

First marathon  completed, its never easy running 26 miles but the thought of Dave looking down at me spurred me on. . Pain in the last three miles was immense but not as bad as the pain somebody suffering with heart problems will feel. So lets raise a little bit more for Basildon and District Heart Support Group, this group could be helping one of your loved ones soon so please spare a few pennys.. I now Dave would be very chuffed with every penny donated. . thanks guys x ,, HAVE A HEART.    I MUST BEAT 4 HOURS , 1

World Record Attempt

On Saturday 9th June, the  CTC and SADS UK will be attempting to create a new world record for the largest gathering of Cardiac Arrest survivors in one place. At least 50 Survivors are required to attend the 10 minute slot when the attempt is made. If you are eligible and would like to take part, you will need to pre register and provide ID and official confirmation that you have had a cardiac arrest.

There will also be an exhibition, lunch, an educational seminar with Q&A’s and then in the evening a Celebration of Life party.

Check in will be 11am – 12.45pm. The exhibition will be open from 11am. The actual record attempt will be at 1pm. Lunch will be 1.15pm and the seminar will run from 2pm. The Celebration of Life party will take place from 6.30pm at Ye Olde Plough House, RM14 3SR

If you are interested taking part, please contact either Donna, Karen or Tina at the CTC.