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we come towards the festive season at the end of our 22nd year, I would
like to take this opportunity of thanking all our members and supporters
for the efforts they have made and their generous donations. They allow
our charity to make such a difference in supporting the work of the
Yorkshire Heart Centre.
thanks go also to our Trustees, helpers, members and supporters for
the tireless efforts and time which they give to Take Heart. The generosity
of so many and the efforts you make is so very much appreciated .
To all the staff at the Centre - a big thank you for all the wonderful
care you give to your patients and for always endeavouring to bring
a successful outcome
the time when the nights are dark so early, it is cheering to think
that by the time you receive this newsletter, it will have started to
get a little lighter every day. Your charity as well, hopefully makes
the patients journey through The Yorkshire Heart Centre a little brighter
We realise that the coming year will be challenging but with the support
you can give, we will always endeavour to fulfil our remit.
many patients have had marvellous improvements in their health due to
the care they have received. Some have not been so fortunate and our
thoughts are with you and our hope is for better times ahead. Try to
keep cheerful and in good spirits.
course our thoughts are always with patients but for those who are unfortunate
enough to be in-patients over Christmas and the New Year, some Take
Heart members will visit the wards on Christmas Eve with a small gift
and a cheery word. Our thoughts are also with the staff - many of whom
will be working over Christmas and New Year.
trustees and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy
Colin Pullan MBE
year nearly gone and Christmas will soon be upon us. Isn’t it
lovely to make all the preparations for Christmas - but how quickly
it goes when it finally gets here. I hope that you have been lucky in
our Christmas Raffle this year. It is the second year that we have had
a first prize of £500.00, so someone will be lucky and as they
say for the lottery – “It could be you!” It`s a really
good raffle when you look at it – it has 40 prizes. It has to
be good as it is one of our major fund raisers.
accounts for the year ending January 2011 were one of the few where
the outgoings were more than the incoming and although I don`t complete
the present accounts until the end of January 2012, I have the feeling
that this years accounts may be the same. We have sponsored some large
items of equipment this year (which of course is why we are here). We
have money and we are far from being bankrupt, but we may have to tighten
our belt for a little while. Sounds a bit like Scrooge doesn`t it?
you remember that in my last newsletter I asked if anyone wanted to
show any donations given in lieu of sending cards to send them to me
before the 14th of November – well there`s only one who beat the
deadline - sorry.
you all for taking the time to read my Treasurers Trove over the past
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
A J McLean
Fund Raising Evening
Saturday the 29th of October Colin and I, together with our wives, attended
a fund raising night on behalf of Take Heart at the Club House of the
Old Modernians Rugby Club. There was a Pie and pea supper, an auction,
sales of lovely home made cakes, and a raffle - all very well organised.
A good night was had by all and the lovely sum of £1730.00 was
raised. I would like to thank all the organisers, helpers and friends
who helped to raise the donation.
The evening was organised by Jeremy and Andrea Caiger, their daughter
Vicki and son Greg along with Reverend Kingsley and Janet Dowling and
their son Graham.
Our pictures show the organisers and crew.
addition to dozens of TV channels provided free by Take Heart on the
bedside TV’s of every Heart patient, we now provide free national
Landline telephone calls on the bedside phones as well. One more expense
you don’t have to worry about!
HEART SURGICAL WARD 14 – ALL CHANGE
Many of you will have spent time in Ward 14 in Leeds General Infirmary.
This is the surgical ward where patients will have received heart bypass,
new heart valves and many other amazingly wonderful things, performed
by a team of brilliant surgeons.
Take Heart has helped to make this ward a showpiece with the best of
furnishings and equipment.
However, changes are afoot and Ward 14 is in the process of moving into
Ward 15. Ward 15 is currently the Vascular ward and they will be swapping
into ward 14. The changes should be made by 5th December.
The removal is a complex affair and Take Heart is heavily involved because
the surgical department is close to our hearts (in more ways than one)
and we have every intention of making the new surgical ward as much
of a showpiece as ward 14 has been.
We anticipate the cost to Take Heart funds will be in the region of
£50,000 and with this in mind, we would appreciate it if any of
our readers could make a donation to Take Heart for our “Surgical
Ward Fund.” Any amount however small will be more than welcome.
Do it on the internet at www.takeheart.net and click on the “Surgical
Ward Fund” button on the front page, or send it by post to our
Treasurer at Take Heart Office, F Floor, Jubilee Wing, LGI, Leeds, LS1
3EX. You can also use your mobile phone to make a donation of up to
£10 by sending a text to 70070 with the message TAKE44 followed
by the amount – for example, to donate £5, the message should
be TAKE44 5
Thank you so much – watch this space for further news on this
pic - Senior Sister Helen Rowbotham,
historians have found what they believe to be the headstone of the oldest
man to have lived.
He was 193 and was called Miles from Dublin
old woman was sitting on the patio with her husband while sipping a
glass of wine.
“I love you so much” she murmured, “I don’t
know what I would ever do without you.”
“Is that you or the wine talking?” said her husband.
She replied “It’s me…. talking to the wine”
ANY HEART QUESTIONS?
you any questions about cardiology you would like answering professionally?
Dr Dominik Schlosshan, Consultant Cardiologist, will be pleased to answer
them if you write in to the Take Heart office here in Leeds General
Infirmary. Or e-mail them to [email protected]
Please note that Dr Schlosshan cannot reply to you personally –
questions and answers will be published in the Take Heart newsletter
and on our website www.takeheart.net.
Heart Roof Garden
roof garden is now closed for major refurbishment and the photographs
will give some idea of what a mammoth task it is. We should have the
garden open again in the Spring when it will once more come to life
and provide a haven of peace and tranquillity from the bustle of the
TURKEY AND TINSEL WEEKEND
Take Heart in Torquay
Friday 11th November 2011 our two coaches left Leeds for our resort
. During the journey we had a break, which allowed us to observe the
two minutes silence at 11 o’clock.
arrival at our hotel we enjoyed our evening meal and relaxed, using
the free bar and listening to the evening’s entertainment.
Saturday after breakfast, some of our party went to Plymouth while others
stayed in Torquay and by all accounts, everyone had a super day enjoying
wall to wall sunshine and a beautiful blue skies.
morning was again a lovely day and our party went down to Torquay to
for the Remembrance Parade and Service. We then went to Dartmouth for
the afternoon. Some of the group were able to go on board a Royal Navy
Vessel to have a look at the interesting preparations of the crew who
were preparing to depart the following day to the Falklands.
the weekend a raffle was held on behalf of Take Heart and the sum raised
will be announced later.
Monday morning, the weather was cold and windy when we set off on our
return journey. On our second break, we called at a hotel for coffee
and afterwards I was able to thank Maureen and Arthur Robinson for organising
the weekend and present them both with a CD and Chocolates in appreciation.
I would like to thank Margaret and Clifford Briggs for assisting Maureen
and Arthur once again over the weekend.
Maureen tells me that she will be standing down from organising weekends
and I thanked her for giving so much pleasure over the years to so many
members and their relatives and friends.
a few facts: Maureen has organised day trips since 1993 weekends from1994
and the tasks of making sure everything went to plan over the years
has been enormous. Her husband Arthur has always been by her side giving
again, on behalf of all those who have enjoyed days out and weekends
away over the years, a very big THANKYOU to Maureen.
need new trustees to help run our Charity – in fact, we have vacancies
for six at the moment.
trustees are vital to Take Heart and you would find the commitment and
work involved very satisfying. Many of you enjoy a better life style,
given to you by the surgeons and staff at the LGI, so can you repay
them by supporting your charity and consider being a trustee?
work of being a trustee isn’t demanding. We hold a number of committee
meetings (approximately one a month) and other activities we undertake
include our promotional stall in the reception area of the hospital
selling various items, coffee mornings, collecting days, newsletters
plus many other items to promote Take Heart.
of the six vacancies we have at present, it becomes hard on the other
trustees to cover all the various activities, so this is why we need
the work is voluntary and unpaid but we are fortunate in having the
commitment of everyone to ensure the continuation of the worthwhile
function of the charity.
AGM is in June so why not think seriously about becoming a trustee?
The Chairman and any other trustee would be willing to talk to you about
what is involved and if necessary arrange for a visit to one of our
committee meetings – without any obligation whatever.
have we got your attention on this very important message?
you going to volunteer as a trustee?
consider this seriously and if you feel you could consider being a trustee,
please contact us. The closing date for applications is June 1st 2011.
If you do not wish to be involved as a trustee, would you still like
to be involved as a volunteer to help in various functions?
VIRGIN MONEY GIVING
Take Heart recently changed its method of accepting donations and sponsorship
on the internet by signing up with Virgin Money Giving and this is proving
to be an excellent move. To donate any amount of money, please click
the Virgin icon above.
have also signed up with Vodafone who kindly allow any mobile
phone to make a donation of up to £10 by text message to Take
Heart. For example, to donate £3.00, simply text 70070
with the following message: TAKE44 3 (TAKE44 is our
code for Take Heart and the 3 is the amount you donate.) There is an
immediate reply text to you to say thank you. Vodafone charge us nothing
for this service and every penny comes to Take Heart.
are always on the lookout for new and secondhand books to sell
on our stalls. If you would like to donate any books, please
give me a ring on 01924 383646 or e-mail us at [email protected]
Books should be in new or very clean condition since they may
be used within the hospital setting. We can collect them if
RUNS TAKE HEART?
you ever wondered who the people are behind Take Heart and responsible
for the day to day running of our charity - well, click
here to find out
the banner above to have a look
Morrish and Co. Solicitors
As Honorary Solicitors, Morrish Solicitors LLP offers free initial legal
advice to our members and their families. To seek advice telephone Tom
Morrish (Yeadon Office) on Leeds 0113 250 7792.or Charlotte Bandawe
(City Centre) on 0113 245 0733 or Charles Clough (Pudsey Office) on
Leeds 0113 257 0523
YOU HELP TO RUN THE CHARITY AS A TRUSTEE?
ORDER TAKE HEART GOODIES ONLINE
now have facilities to take orders for the Take Heart merchandise online.
You may pay with your Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card. The system is
secure and we never have sight of credit card details here.
can now even become a member of Take Heart online. Have a look now -
you can order the merchandise here.
If you prefer the old fashioned way, you can still order them by 'snail'
Mail from the Take Heart Office.
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