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The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre

Sponsor Take Heart in 2017

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Hello,I’m part of the Yorkshire Mafia (not the criminal element, it’s a business group) and I’m doing the fully supported Heart of Yorkshire 100km Sportive on Sunday the 5th June 2016 and I thought whilst I’m at it, why not raise some funds for a good cause?Why?My father underwent an aortic valve replacement and this was carried out by the wonderful staff at LGI’s Yorkshire Heart Centre and so I’ve chosen you as the charity for this event.It’s also quite possible that my amount will be match funded by my employer npower up to a maximum of £500.Regards,Robert J. Field. Fantastic news Robert - like all donations, every penny will go towards making a difference to patients in the Yorkshire Heart Centre at LGI   Colin Pullan, MBE., Chairman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Hi. My name is Charlee Roney and together with my sister Sarah, will be taking part in the 2016 Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on 10th July.  We are running for two charities which mean a great deal to us - MS UK and Take Heart. We chose Take Heart as we are running in memory of my Great Uncle who passed away 3 weeks ago. He had such a love for your charity that helping it continue will mean a lot to our family.   Our Virgin page is   and if you can spare any amount, we would be very grateful.  Many thanks - Charlee.     Good luck girls - we’ll be rooting for you.   Colin Pullan, MBE., Chairman   Dear Bill,  I emailed you a few months ago stating that I was running a 12k race in Perth, Australia. Well, I completed the event this morning and have currently raised £210. I am keeping my page open for another week or so just to see if a few more donations come in. The link to my event page is Best wishes, Grace Hurren - 22 May 2016 Wow - You have beaten the record for the furthest away runner for Take Heart - the previous record was a girl who ran in Abu Dhabi - but you have smashed that! Thank you so much Grace - rest assured that every penny will go toward making a difference for patients in the Yorkshire Heart Centre. Regards - Bill               ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Peter Roth has cycled 100 Miles for Take Heart I completed cycling 100 miles in and around London and the Surrey Hills to raise funds for Take Heart who support and make a difference to the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary. I had Heart Surgery at the LGI over 3 years ago and this is my way of saying THANK YOU. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Take Heart. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. Peter x
We appreciate this as well Peter. Very many thanks for what you have done – we’re exhausted just thinking about it. The amount of money you have raised is wonderful and if any of our readers would like to add to it, Peter’s page is:  Many thanks – and congratulations Peter Colin Pullan, MBE - Chairman
Nick Rodgers. My brother, Jacob Rodgers, suffered a heart attack earlier this year at the age of 33 and received excellent treatment from the Leeds Cardiology unit. He is now on the mend. He was playing football on a summers evening when he fell ill. I decided I would run the Abbey Dash and wanted to raise money for the unit. They directed me to the Take Heart Charity who endeavour to ensure that patients and their families enjoy the very best of comfort within the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary, at what can be a very stressful time. Those of you that know me well will know that running 10k (6 miles) will not be a huge challenge. I feel that if I am asking for your money I have to do something for it. Therefore, we are going to set some targets, the more money raised the more ridiculous costume I will have to run in. These will be set by my brother Jacob, but will start at;- if we raise over £25, I will not listen to music on the way round. Other options include; - running in a Hawaiian shirt and big shorts. - running in Lederhosen (which is not cool after Oktoberfest)   running in a vampire costume. - running in an elf costume. A list will be finalised with the amounts needed to be raised next to them in due course. Good Luck Nick - we can’t wait to see what outfit you’ll be wearing when you do the Abbey Dash - Send us a pic when you do it! Many thanks for what you are doing.         Sponsor Nick at Nick raised £480 for Take Heart dressed as the Queen of Hearts You look rather lovely Nick - Thank you so much!
If you would like to take part in an event and sponsor Take Heart, then here is what to do: 1. Send us an e-mail to tell us about yourself and the event. If there are special reasons for sponsoring us, tell us about this as well. 2. Click on the Virgin Giving logo below and follow the instructions there. You'll need to fill in the online forms with your details and some photos as well. 3. Send an e-mail to us to tell us your Virgin page address so that we can mention it here on the website with a link to it. Tell your friends and relatives about it and point them to your special page on the Virgin Giving web site. If you have any problems with that, please e-mail Bill Stevenson, our IT Manager and he will do his best to help. The special e-mail address for sponsorship is
Lauren Redman - Sky-Diving for Take Heart On the 17th of November last year the most amazing, selfless, caring, trouble causing man passed away. My Granddad had the most amazing journey in his life and he got to the point in his life where he could be proud of all he achieved after all he raised 3 daughters, watched 11 grand children grow up and their partners and finally 4 of his great grandchildren grow up. Unfortunately unknown to him he would have also had another great grandchild Taylor who was only born a few months ago. In the last 4 days of his life my Granddad was in the Leeds General Infirmary in the specialised heart unit after suffering a heart attack on a normal Saturday Morning. The last few days were heartbreaking for all of us his family however without the outstanding services we received from the staff in the Unit we would have not have stayed strong for my Granddad. The staff in that unit can never do enough for you, their number one priority is the patient and therefore they will go out of their way to ensure that they are happy. In the last few days my Granddad had a considerable amount of visitors and yet not once did the staff grumble about us all being around, they also made special arrangements for us all to be by his side in the last few hours. My family and I were lucky that we were able to spend a few extra days with my Granddad before he passed and therefore I am doing this sky dive to allow other families who are going through the same as us to be able to spend their time with their loved ones.  All the donations raised will go to Take Heart charity which is based at Leeds General Infirmary. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. Lauren x click on Granddad’s photo to see Lauren’s Video Thank you for doing this Lauren. We’re sure your grandfather would have been proud of you. We love the video you’ve made of him - it’s very moving. If you would like to sponsor Lauren, click on the heart here >>     Thank you Colin Pullan, MBE, Chairman.
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A Walk! Having climbed Kili and trekked to Everest Base Camp I thought my next challenge should be a little closer to home and have decided to walk....yes WALK.... from Lands End to John O'Groats with a few foolhardy friends. We rather appropriately leave on April Fools day 2017 and will take approximately 3 months to walk over 1,300 miles, following as best as possible the recognised long distance footpaths. We will be making use of the YHA's, B&B's and any friends’ floor that we happen to pass en route. I am fund raising for two charities, both close to my heart:  Take Heart: A small charity with a massive heart, based at Leeds General Infirmary. I have a personal reason for supporting this particular charity as my Dad had a triple heart by-pass operation at LGI a few years ago and the charity supported my Mum through this very difficult time, both emotionally and practically. They do fabulous work at the hospital both for the patients and the staff. The charity is run by volunteers and only a tiny percentage is spent on admin with the vast majority of the fund raising going towards better facilities, new equipment, free TV and phone calls for the in-patients and even a roof garden. Classrooms in the Clouds:  I have supported CitC ever since meeting and trekking with Dawa Geljen Sherpa in Nepal. I have seen at first hand the fabulous work that the charity does in building schools in remote mountain regions and providing the teachers for the children, many of whom would remain uneducated if it were not for this charity. The devastating earthquakes in 2015 reduced many of the schools to rubble and a huge programme of rebuilding is on-going, supported by Classrooms in the Clouds.  Your donations to either of these charities will have a huge and immediate effect on the work that they do so please dig deep and support me in my latest and longest trekking venture. Thank you - Joanne xx What a wonderful project Joanne. I see from Virgin Giving that you are well on your way to your Take Heart target of £1500.00 before you have even started. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it. Colin Pullan, MBE Chairman
JOHN GORE CLIMBING MOUNTAINS In June, 1999, I had heart valve replacement surgery in The Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary. After a quick return to fitness, I set myself a target to climb the 214 Wainwright mountains in the Lake District within 5 years of my operation. Having accomplished this in June, 2004, I gave myself a further challenge, this being to climb them for a second time by different routes where possible, before my 65th birthday in February, 2008. I reached this objective in October, 2007. My passion for walking the mountains never diminished and I continued scaling the heights and now have just 4 Wainwright peaks to climb in order to complete the 214 for the third time. I shall reach my goal in spring of this year, the plan being to climb the last one with some members of the family, and to have a little celebration to mark the achievement! FUNDRAISING Lots of people have encouraged me to spread the word of my achievements and hopefully raise money for some good causes.  I have chosen the following three very deserving charities. 1.  The British Heart Foundation  which funds research and education into fighting heart and circulatory disease. It also provides life saving equipment to help heart patients. 2.  Take Heart is a charity run on a completely voluntary basis and raises money for the Yorkshire Heart Centre to fund projects and provide the best possible comfort for patients and their families. 3.  The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria. It coordinates the development of operational matters as well as the day to day running of an efficient voluntary rescue service. Obviously, I personally owe a huge amount of gratitude to the first two organisations. I have fortunately never needed the help of the third but I know what an amazing job they do in the area where I live and fully deserve all the help and support that we can give them. If you would like to mark my achievements by supporting these three charities, that would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks - John Congratulations John - what a magnificent effort. We really appreciate what you are doing and rest assured that every donation made to Take Heart will make a difference to patients and staff in the Yorkshire Heart Centre here in Leeds General Infirmary.  Colin Pullan, MBE - Chairman IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO JOHN - CLICK THE HEART >
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