Registered charity in England No 1144451
Meetings held at the Laindon Center Click for map
Basildon & District Heart Support Group
A self-help group that helps patients and carers face the future
Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation
All meetings cancelled until further notice
Hearts & Minds Supply Ipads to Heart Wards and Exercise Programme for Rehab

Dear Donna,

Thank you for bringing me the four IPADS that were purchased by hearts and minds.

I will distribute an IPAD each to James Mack, Colne, Chelmer and Roding.

These will be utilised for patients to connect with their relatives, but also so that staff can talk with patients family members.  These iPads will be put to good use during the ongoing pandemic and I have no doubt that our patients will enjoy seeing the faces of their loved ones on the screens.

Thank you very much.

Clare Turner

ECTC Matron                                                                

Message from Cardiac Rehab

Restarting our Cardiac rehabilitation service fully has been a
challenge as we have expanded online services and socially distanced our gym space to be Covid secure & compliant. To facilitate this change, our amazing Cardiac Support Group Hearts & Minds have supported us by purchasing additional equipment for the gym (£520) and PhysioTools software (£140/year). This has allowed us to create separate exercise spaces with equipment in each area so that patients can exercise safely with everything they need to ensure excellent training facilities.

Additionally PhysioTools software allows bespoke exercise programmes to be made for patients. Using Video and telephone calls, it is clear that the need for individualised programmes has never been greater. Patients can also choose to have their exercises emailed to them or access via a PhysioTools App which also gives exercise reminders.

Our inpatient Cardiothoracic team can access this facility for inpatients too.Without the invaluable support of Hearts and Minds we would not have been able to move our Cardiac Rehabilitation Service forwards so rapidly and to be able to maintain the service we aspire to. In addition to financial support, Hearts and Minds also provides incredible motivational support for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic services, they are unwavering in their loyalty and generosity for the Centre and in this challenging year it is appreciated more than ever.

Tina Preston-Strutt
Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

Xmas Draw

Thank you to all of those that submitted there tickets for the draw that will take place at a zoom committee meeting on the 11the December


1st B Bryant Stanford-Le-Hope
2nd S Jerreat Wickford
3rd J Hickey Brentwood
4th Y Harkins Langdon Hills
5th A Ursell  Wickford

British Heart Foundation  - Heart Matters

Some of you already subscribe to this excellent newsletter. If you would like to subscribe (It’s free) the link for signing up can be found at It has some really useful and informative articles, for example in this months edition are a list of the 10 most healthy breakfast cereals. (Porridge without added salt or sugar is the best)

From 29 March:


You can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)


You can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)


Childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children

Formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number


Keeping yourself and others safe


You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.


If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. From 1 April, you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take precautions to protect yourself.


All ‘non- essential’ shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses remain closed.




Watch the latest video 'life after cardiac arrest'  from CTC

Click on this link



Laindon Centre


Currently  the Laindon Centre is closed due to Covid 19 as is under going refurbishment. With the hope of news of the vaccines becoming available in the new year we can only hope at this stage that we can return to our monthly meetings sometime soon


Bill Tilby



To celebrate the 5th anniversary of my successful mitral valve repair at the Essex CTC, I decided to run 5k and raise funds for Hearts & Minds.  I followed the Couch to 5k app that was promoted on the ‘BBC Get Inspired’ website.


This programme starts with small amounts of running between timed walking.  Over a 9-week period you build up to running for 30 minutes and then I added a further 3 minutes running to cover 5k. This shows that even at an advanced age we can still be active - so I would encourage others to try it - but check with your GP first!


I have managed to raise £2,055 which includes £285 Gift Aid and a £500 contribution from my employer Lloyds Bank who support staff raising funds for charities. 


Message from Committee : Well done Bill and congratulations, that is a fantastic way to celebrate your anniversary and we all look forward to seeing the 10k done in 2025



Take care everyone and follow the advice given by the NHS
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