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Solicitors - Goodbye to Bernie and Lucy
Books - Rotaract -
Walk around the Lake - Virgin
Money Giving - Competition Winner
design a Card - Take Heart Day in Halifax
- Day Trip to Southport
Robinson - Order Goodies - Who
Runs Take Heart? - Dates for your diary
Cardiac Nurses - Collection
Boxes - Change of Address - Coffee
Promotional Stall in Jubilee Wing -
A CREAM TEA IN HARROGATE ON 4th JUNE click
Here we are entering our twenty second year and your charity
continues to make remarkable progress in making a difference
to all the units we support in the Yorkshire Heart Centre.
following our annual day seminar to discuss the charities work
and look towards the future, one of the items under discussion
- and causing some concern - was continuity.
may not be obvious to our 7000 plus members that many of our
trustees including myself are not getting any younger and although
we have attracted some younger trustees we are still short of
an assistant secretary and assistant treasurer and of course
you will appreciate that these two posts require certain skills.
this in mind we are determined to do all we can to find people
to fill these posts. Surely amongst our membership we have many
early retirees around 60ish who might like to consider being
part of the trustee team in helping to run this successful charity.
if you have skills in secretarial work, computing or book-keeping
and would like to give some time, we would love to hear from
you. Come along at your convenience to have a chat and we’ll
let you know what is involved. You would be under no obligation.
You can contact our office on Leeds 0113 3922888 or ring me
any time on Leeds 0113 2790859 and we can arrange a meeting.
are also looking for some young blood as volunteers helping
out on our stall in the Infirmary on Fridays, assisting by collecting
at ‘Ikea weekends,’ helping at our sponsored walk
- or whatever comes along.
you will see by reading your newsletter, we have had quite a
few changes and tasks to reorganise but your charity goes from
strength to strength in making a big, big difference.
finishing my comments may I thank you for your wonderful support
and wish you all a very happy and healthy year ahead.
Colin Pullan MBE
have just finished the accounts for the financial year 2010
to 2011 and it will be in the hands of the auditors by the time
you read this. It`s always a great relief when it`s done and
I can relax a little.
the year we have received donations in many forms but in this
report I would like to thank those people who over the year
regularly donate on a monthly basis, we are very grateful for
their continued support. I would also like to thank everyone
who has donated over the last financial year, I know we do our
best to ensure that we do acknowledge all donations, but I would
like to thank all of you personally.
is often difficult to acknowledge all donations, usually because
we have no name or address of the person who donated, or there
is a name and no address. We often receive donations which tell
us their name and address plus amount but not what it is for,
you know supporting someone, who do like to know how much they
have raised for completing a run, swim, walk or cycle ride on
our behalf. Then there is people celebrating birthdays, anniversary’s
etc; I need this information when I complete the donations lists.
the time go quickly? It doesn`t seem five minutes since we were
getting ready for Christmas and now it`s nearly three months
away. The good thing about it is that the night`s are getting
lighter and the days warmer, well there supposed to be. It won`t
be long before we put the clocks forward again. I wish I had
a watch that does it automatically but I have to wind it on
24hours just to change the days. It`s a bit of a bind at the
end of February.
be the AGM – see you – bye.
Goodbye from Lucy and Bernie!
of our Take Heart trustees, Lucy Pinder and Bernie Cass have
decided to step down from their positions in our charity. For
more than 12 years they have both put their all into the smooth
running of the organisation - Bernie controlling the technical
side as IT Manager and Lucy organising everything in site! They
were both to be found manning our stall in the Jubilee Wing
of LGI, ordering the stock, displaying and selling it - one
would also find them at IKEA regularly collecting for us.
would not be an exaggeration to say that they have both put
a great deal of effort into their completely voluntary work
for Take Heart and they will be sorely missed.
chairman Colin Pullan, MBE, took the opportunity on Christmas
Eve to express the grateful thanks of all the trustees to Lucy
and Bernie and presented them each with a plaque from Take Heart.
are always on the lookout for new and secondhand books
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 necessary.
Rotaract Club Of Cleckheaton & District
was delighted to receive a telephone call from the secretary
of the Rotaract Club informing me that Take Heart had been chosen
as the charity for which they will be fund raising over the
was pleased to meet Sarah Heptonstall the club secretary and
member Sam Wells and tell them about our work and show them
some of the projects funded by Take Heart at the Yorkshire Heart
first event that was to benefit our charity was a Guys and Dolls
casino night held at the Whitcliffe Hotel Cleckheaton to which
I was kindly invited.
was a great event and was enjoyed by all and well supported
by Cleckheaton Rotary Club and other Rotary and Rotaract clubs.My
thanks to all involved in organizing the event and all who generously
helped to raise funds over the evening
Shows from the left - Chris Graham, Sam Wells, Sarah Heptonstall
Club Secretary and Roger Durrans, Club President.
AROUND A LAKE
Allott contacted us and sent this picture and a wonderful cheque
for £1000.00. She explained that she, together with her
husband, daughter Miranda and several friends did a sponsored
walk around one of the lakes at Rother Valley Country Park.
Despite the cold weather, it was a bright day and thoroughly
enjoyed by all.
The walk was in appreciation of all the help they had received
from the Yorkshire Heart Centre and Take Heart. Miranda was
born with a rare syndrome and was transferred to Leeds for specialised
treatment in the adult and children’s Congenital Heart
Defect Unit rather than have her operation in Sheffield.
She sends her grateful thanks to everyone concerned at the LGI
and to Take Heart for the use of the relatives suite for five
nights which saved travelling to and from Sheffield at such
a worrying time.
Thank you Maureen – you can rest assured that every penny
will be used wisely in making a difference at the Yorkshire
Colin Pullan, MBE
VIRGIN MONEY GIVING
are pleased to announce that we are now associated with Virgin
Money Giving, a non-profit-making organisation who take donations
for charities and organise the collection of sponsorship money
online for those who are taking part in an event for charity.
We have always been reluctant to join any of these services
since the charges they make to the charities and the subsequent
huge profits made goes against our voluntary ethic. It was refreshing
to find that, after an initial one-off payment to sign up to
the service, nothing else is deducted from the contributions
made to Virgin. They even collect Gift Aid for us from the government
so that we receive well over £12.00 for every £10.00
donated. Thank you Mr Branson!
If you would like to make a donation to Take Heart using your
credit or debit card, the simple way to do it is to click on
However, if you aren’t happy about using the internet,
you can always use the old fashioned ‘snail mail’
to our office in LGI!
Trustee and Web Designer
WINNER DONATES TO TAKE HEART
Trade Supplies held a competition for all its employees with
a prize of £500.00 which would be donated to any charity
of the winner’s choice .
Mr Gordon Whitaker of PTS Hunslet branch, was fortunate to win
and because a close relative had recently had heart surgery
at the Yorkshire Heart Centre and he was aware of the Take Heart
charity and the work that it does, he chose our charity to benefit.
I was pleased to meet the Area Director of PTS Along with the
Manager and Gordon and his wife June to receive the cheque.
Following the presentation it was my pleasure to show them round
some of our recent projects. I would like to thank PTS for this
lovely donation and Gordon and his wife June for choosing our
Colin Pullan MBE
Photo shows from the left: Gordon Whitaker (prize winner,)
his wife June, Steve Jennings (Branch Manager) and Tom McArdle
(Area Director PTS.)
DESIGN A CARD
Atha and Peter Mackley are two medical students from Leeds University
who have designed a card for pregnant women who have congenital
Heart Disease. The cards will be issued and carried by these
patients in case of emergency. Dr Kate English and Nigel Simpson
were pleased to put these cards into operation.
Photo shows from the left: Jo Quirk (Nurse Specialist),
Peter Mackley, Janine Atha and Gina McGawley (Head of Clinical
Physiology - Cardiology and Respiratory)
HEART DAY IN HALIFAX
couple of our members, Adela Illingworth (for her mum) and Maureen
Stankiewicz (mitral valve replacement November 2009) are organising
an event to raise money for Take Heart at Northowram
Library Children’s Centre. Northowram, Halifax
on Monday 28th March 2011 from 7am
Adela writes: My mom had replacement mitral valve surgery in
the 1980s after childhood rheumatic fever and was given a short
life expectancy without surgery. She underwent surgery by Mr
Ionescu at LGI and was one of the first people to have a ‘calf
valve’ replacement. This valve amazingly remained in ‘working
order’ until 2008 when she became very ill, was unable
to breathe without oxygen therapy and couldn’t walk further
than a couple of yards and then in great pain and distress.
I learned of Take Heart when my mom had a long stay in LGI in
November 2009. Mr Munsch, a most wonderful surgeon, agreed to
surgery on my mom. This was the beginning of a long and bumpy
ride to recovery. I noticed the little red heart with the smiley
face dotted around the heart unit. When you despair and don’t
know where to turn, there is the smiley face. Take Heart have
provided quiet rooms for patients and families. A most welcome
place to go and gather your thoughts and strength at any time
you feel the need. They have provided free bedside TV for all
heart patients and even relatives rooms free of charge for overnight
stays. They are the most amazing group of people, understanding
and caring for patients and their families and are reassuringly
‘there for you at all times.’
So many people are touched in some way by heart disease and
after discovering Take Heart and the fantastic surgeons and
all the staff at the Yorkshire Heart Unit at LGI, I feel that
by having our Take Heart Day at Northowram Library in Halifax,
we can have fun as a community and help a very worthy cause.
I want to say a big thank you in advance to everyone who has
given donations, time, beauty skills, baking expertise (Jane
Ashers one and all!), help and friendship. All proceeds from
the day will go to Take Heart – the small charity with
the big heart.
sounds like you’ll have a really good time if you attend.
Reading through the list, there will be mini Manicures, Tombola,
Bottle Stall, Jamie Oliver Prize Draw, Bookstall, Bric-a-Brac,
Bring and Buy, Mother’s Day plants and cards, cakes,
buns and biscuits, cream teas and refreshments available all
day – with lots for the children to do as well.
Please give your support – We are very grateful for
this tremendous effort by two of our members.
Bill Stevenson, Trustee.
many years, Maureen has organized our annual day trips and bought
in the presents for patients for our Christmas eve ward visits.
However, she has decided that she would like be relieved of
these tasks, but would like to continue to serve as a trustee.
would like to say a big thank you to Maureen for all the hard
work and efforts she as made over the years and also mention
her husband Arthur who always helped out in the background.
course I am pleased that Maureen will continue as a trustee
giving her time in the interests of the Take heart Charity.
Colin Pullan MBE
A WELCOME GO-KARTING LETTER FROM MARC HUDSON
our telephone conversation regarding the fundraising event I
am organising, may I confirm that this event will be on the
7th may 2011
The first part is a Go-Karting race at Teeside Go-Karting in
Middlesbourgh. This is the largest Go-Kart track in Europe and
is 1.4 miles long. This is on twin engined 70mph Go-Karts.
The race starts at 11am and the cost is £65.00 per driver
with the race costing £50.00 per driver and the remaining
£15.00 going to Take Heart.
Anyone is welcome to race but we need names and deposits as
soon as possible and the remainder of the balance by 1st May
2011. If anyone wants to come and needs transport they can contact
me for info as we may be able to help with lifts.
The second part is a race night at the Travelers Rest pub in
Armley at 7pm on the same night. This will entail recorded horse
races and then you bet on the race to win prizes. Any money
made then goes to Take Heart. There will also be raffles and
other events on the night and all proceeds will go to Take Heart.
Anyone interested can contact me through my email at [email protected]
Thanks very much.
our last trustees meeting, we discussed the organisation of
the day trip following Mrs Maureen Robinson standing down from
this task. We asked if any trustee would care to take this on,
but the time taken for this was too onerous for any trustee
at the present time.
Treasurer, Alec McLean said he would ask his wife Edith and
she has agreed to try it for a year and see how it goes. The
trustees are in full agreement with this arrangement.
Thank you so much Edith.
this news letter you will find a booking form and you will notice
that the fare has gone up to £10.00 this is the result
of the coach hire increasing.
return your booking form as soon as possible. If the form is
mirring from the newsletter, you can get another by telephoning
our office on Leeds 0113 3922888 and leave a message giving
your name and telephone number.
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
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.
FOR YOUR DIARY
Monday 6th June 2011
Trip to Southport
Sunday 12th June 2001
Walk in Roundhay Park
Sunday 4th September 2011
12 - 14 November
(To be arranged)
Saturday 3rd December
Eve Ward Round