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

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Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation

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Next Meeting Monday 21st September 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.

Monday 21st September – We are back from our summer break and into the second half of our programme. We are very pleased to be welcoming Mr Doug Aitchison who is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at CTC. Our medical talks are always full houses so please come along early

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 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,

Sunday 20th September – Lita Freegard is holding her annual Promenade on the Pier, with people walking along Southend Pier. The event starts at 10.30. Walkers can be sponsored or pay a charge to do the walk with all proceeds being shared between Hearts & Minds and Take Heart at Southend Hospital. This is a nice morning out and there is a pleasant café at the end of the pier to have a drink and sit down before returning back along the pier. Lita has donated a great deal on money for both groups and your support would be good to see.

We are now starting to sell the tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 15th October. The evening will comprise of a formal three course meal followed by entertainment. We will also have an Auction and raffle to raise funds for the group. The tickets are £25 a head and are now available from Andrew on 07966 880053 or Ray on 07989 964630.

See August Newsletter for more details

Our Main purpose of the Charity night dinner to raise funds enabled us to purchase the SSEP machine.The CTC Intensive Care team is extremely appreciative of the donation and fundraising by Hearts and Minds, which will help us to achieve this.


This will truly make an incredible contribution to medical advances within the CTC and put us firmly at the forefront of cardiac arrest management. More importantly, SSEP will have a positive impact on the right decisions being made for patients and their families during this life-changing event.”


The procurement of this equipment will put CTC at the forefront of cardiac care. The equipment is expensive and all our fundraising efforts are to be concentrated on this until we reach the target. Please come along and support this great cause and help families of patients

This took place on July 19th. A team of 10 rode from Victoria Park, Hackney to Priory Park, Southend covering 52 miles. Including Gift Aid, our riders have received sponsorship of over £3,000. If you want to add some sponsorship then you can still do so via our Just Giving page. All funds will be put toward the SSEP Project. More details of the project follow later in the newsletter.


Updated heart conditions treatment booklets

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.

Brenda Latchford – It is with deep sorrow that we have to tell you of the death of Brenda. Regulars at group meetings will know Brenda’s smile and chatter greeting them as they came through the door. Brenda passed away at the beginning of July after a short illness. Brenda’s funeral service was very much in her spirit and reflected her popularity with standing room only. Our sympathies are with Brenda’s children and extended family at this difficult time. As a tribute to Brenda, our riders dedicated the London to Southend to her.



2015 Project

  Bike Ride

  Pier Walk