Registered charity in England No 1144451
Meetings held at Steeple View Memorial Hall, Willowfields, Laindon, Basildon, Essex, SS15 4EQ                                       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
E-bike appeal
Southend & District
Cardiac Support Group
Hearts and Minds
Cardiac Support Group
E-bike appeal

For the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon University Hospital

Dr Azhar A Khokar Consultant Cardiologist has approached "Take Heart" the
Southend Cardiac Support Group and "Hearts and Minds" the newly formed Basildon Cardiac Support Group to see if both could help in raising £8,000 to purchase the above equipment for use at the new centre at Basildon Hospital which treats many patient from around Essex especially the Southend area. Both support groups welcomed the opportunity to work together for this important piece of equipment and have set up The ebike Appeal to raise the £8,000 needed as quickly as possible. Many fund raising events will take place over the coming months details of which are on both group web sites. A Grand Christmas Draw is to take place with a first prize of £200 with 19 other prizes including £100 voucher from Cooks Coaches, £50 voucher from the Fishermans Wharf Southend and £40 voucher from the Polash in Shoebury. Tickets priced at 50p will be available from November at various outlets and from all members of both support groups. The draw will take place at the "Take Heart" Brass Band Concert on 21st December 2009 at the Eastwood Community Centre Western Approaches Eastwood SS3 9AW.

Comment from Dr Khokhar
Some patients with valve disease or unexplained shortness of breath need an echocardiogram while exercising as all of their findings at rest are normal. It is only on exercise that we can pick up the underlying cause. No such service currently exists in Essex or east London. We need a special exercise bike which is tilted so that the patient can exercise while we can continuously perform an echocardiogram. The cost is about £8000. If you could help out with the purchase of this equipment it would be much appreciate and will be put to good use

Dr. Azhar A Khokhar

Both groups raised the funds and the e-bike was purchased for the CTC
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