and EVENTS July 2008
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- Chairman's Comments
Calvert - Diary
Dates - Obituary
Bretherton - Paul Robertson Marathon
Areas at the Cardiac Investigations Unit
St James Hospital ECG Machine
Promotional Stall Dates - Collection
Cardiac Nurse Specialist Helpline
the AGM is over and out of the way and by the time you read this
the account details will be on there way to the Charity Commissioners.
I`m always glad when that part of the job is completed. You will
receive details of the financial report in one of the future newsletters.
When I first started doing this job it was all pure book-keeping,
you know in one side, out the other, take the total of expenditures
away from the income and that was the balance. In the first year
we only had an income of just over £9,000 and it has steadily
increased to todays yearly total of £173,000. We receive monies
in all forms of donations and as we become more computerised we
receive donations via the internet. I`m not complaining about the
method of donations but simple book keeping has gone by the board.
I mentioned in the last newsletter that I complete the donations
lists, well at the moment with donations coming from all sources
it does become a little difficult to associate them. So whilst there
is no problem ensuring the cash is banked I worry that I haven`t
put the donation into the right spot. Bear with me I`m working on
a slightly lighter note, do those of us who are young enough or
old enough to remember when computers were first introduced to the
office? We were told that once we got used to using them, we would
have paperless offices. I think those salesmen who sold the idea
of computers should look in on my office. Ah well, that's progress
our Annual General Meeting, just to inform you that we will enclose
our annual report with a news letter in due course.
May the 22nd I along with many of the Trustees welcomed the Chief
Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS, Maggie Boyle who
came along to open our newly refurbished Cardiac Investigation Department.
Before the opening I was pleased to take her accompanied by Modern
Matron Nellie Metcalf, around Wards 5,7,14,16,17,18,19, and 11 and
show her so many of projects that we have completed and the equipment
we have bought.
on all the units made Maggie aware of what a major difference your
Charity Take Heart had made both to patients and staff like describing
the charity as "our Fairy Godmother."
our own members and supporters I would like to say a big thank you
in helping us to achieve so much
is with deepest regret that
we wish to inform you that former
Trustee and Membership Secretary
(1991 - 1996)
Mr Walter Matthews
passed away recently
CHRISTMAS (already!) card this year
will be "Juggling Santa"
cost £3.25 per pack of 10 plus 70p p&p per packet. Order
them now - click here
Grand Day out
Take Heart Trip to Scarborough June 22nd 2008
just blew in from the windy city” as the words of the well
known song from Oklahoma goes – well five coaches blew into
the windy town of Scarborough on the Take Heart day trip. I believe
it was the windiest June day since records began with gusts reaching
60 mph. Though on a bright note it was warm and dry.
Undeterred the hardiest of the day trippers set off with rucksacks
to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery. The majority found
their favourite watering hole or café to have an extended
Normally on these trips members like to stroll and sit on the sea
front hoping to meet members from the other buses to catch up with
news etc; perhaps from when they met the previous year but this
year, due to the wind, members took to the shopping centres or took
advantage of their free bus passes to have a ride along the front.
Peasholme Park was a favourite of many but there the sand was blowing
in off the beach so it was a short stay so back to the centre for
a welcome cuppa at the Harbour Bar or one of the many cafes.
The wind dropped a little in the afternoon as members walked back
to the pick up point giving an opportunity to have a last look at
the sea views in the sunshine.
All to soon everyone was climbing back on the buses ( after shaking
the sand ouit of their ears etc). By the laughter and chatter everyone
seemed to have had a good day.
Our thanks to Maureen Robinson for all her hard work in making it
a well organised day.
On the journey home everyone voted for next years destination and
from a choice of Llandudno, Southport or Blackpool and Fleetwood,
Llandudno won the vote so see your there next year.
and Co, Solicitors
Morrish and Co Solicitors offer a free initial advice service to
Take Heart members – Contact 0113 250 7792(Tom Morrish –
Yeadon) 0113 245 0733( Zoe Nicholson –Leeds) or 0113 257 0523(Charles
the election of Trustees, Jack announced that he would no longer
be running the Christmas Draw, but would continue in his workj as
assistant treasurer. Jack has run the annual draw from 1992 to 2007,
which is a remarkable achievement.
would like to thank him for his dedication in helping Take Heart
raise so much over the years. Also I know that Jack would not have
been able to do the work involved without the continued support
of his wife Brenda and his many friends - my thanks to all those
I remind all our members to be aware that our Trustee Mrs Pam Wilson
will be taking over running the draw for 2008 and of course this
will mean that any correspondence to do with the event will be to
a new postal address, full details will be announced in the near
Thoracic Ward 62 recently moving to the new Bexley Wing at St James
Hospital, now Ward 84, Take Heart have funded a television for their
Day Room and also provided the funds to provide them with their
own ECG machine.
the election of Trustees at our AGM on 9th June 2008, our Vice Chairman
Mr Ron Bretherton stood down from his position, which he had held
since 1994. He remains a Trustee however and will continue to be
the editor of our newsletter.
would like to give my thanks to Ron for his support of myself and
Take Heart which he has served as Vice Chairman and for his help
in bringing together the Kilingback Group to be a part of Take Heart.
know he will continue to work hard as a Trustee, continuing to make
Take Heart the very succesful charity that it is.
CARDIAC INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
am writing to thank Take Heart for funding the refurbishment of
all the patient areas in the Cardiac Investigations Unit at the
Yorkshire Heart Centre, LGI
makes such a difference for patients waiting to do so in a comfortable
and relaxed area. Thanks to the generosity of Take Heart we have
made improvements based on the results of our patient survey. There
are new reception desks with wheel chair access so patients can
be greeted by staff at the entrance to the department. The seating
has been specially designed to help those who have limited mobility.
The plasma TV with Life Channel provides information about the Take
Heart Charity and healthy lifestyle tips. The artwork has initiated
many conversations in the waiting rooms and the 3 fish tanks are
focal points enjoyed by patients and staff alike.
patient information booklet, also funded by Take Heart is welcomed
by patients and staff. This describes the tests done in the department
with photographs, questions and answers. These are given to patients
so they know what to expect when they attend the Cardiac Investigations
again I would like to let you know how much the department appreciates
all the hard work done by Take Heart Charity Members and Supporters.
photographs of the opening, please click here)
furniture and reception desk are installed and we have used the
new area for almost a week now and it looks great, in fact it shows
the rest of the dept up!
wish to pass on thanks to Take Heart from myself and my staff for
the much improved waiting area which is now a pleasure to work in.
You must come and have a look.
First Floor Chancellor Wing
Take Heart Charity
Christmas my uncle Jim was taken seriously ill with his heart, Leeds
General Infirmary ICU, heart ward and staff provided him with outstanding
treatment and Care. However the charity Take Heart also provided
fantastic facilities and support for those of us that weren’t
We are immensely grateful for the services they provided and so
any donations would be very welcome.
LONDON MARATHON 2008
holding his medal at the end of the 2008 Flora London Marathon is
Paul Robertson who raised £1300.00 through his efforts.
physiotherapist wife Cath, recently of the LGI, persuaded (bullied?)
Paul into raising funds for Take Heart only at th elast minute,
which makes Paul's total even more remarkable.
of Wetherby Runners, completed the marathon in a highly creditable
4 hours 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
all start at 10am and go on to 12 noon in the Seminar Room on F
Floor, Jubilee Wing LGI. There is usually a short General Meeting
after the Coffee Morning. So come along have a chat and a cup of
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
and Tinsel November 7th-9th 2008
Draw December 6th 2008
Dance December 12th 2008
for Take Heart outside IKEA - DATES
are always on Saturdays and Sundays
15th and 16th November
CLOSING DATES FOR NEWSLETTER ITEMS
Leeds General Infirmary
0113 392 5645(Medical)
0113 302 5646(Surgical)
0113 392 5647(Surgical)
you require a collection box, or your collection box needs empting.
Contact Jack Calvert on 01274 882 034
Or the Take Heart Office on 0113 392 2888.