...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients


Treasurer's Trove - Sponsored Walk 2007 - Walking Club -
Horsforth Harriers - Ward 14 - Projects underway -
3 Peaks Challenge - Great South Run - Dales Way Walk

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Treasurer's Trove
December 2007

Those of us of mature years will remember the TV programme 'That Was The Week That Was' which was shown on a Saturday evening outlining the weeks news either in comedy sketches or in music. It seemed to come round so fast. Well this year seemed to be ‘That Was The Year That Was’ with the speed it has flown by.

I remember spending a day down at the LGI attending a seminar to discuss the year ahead. We planed all the projects we were going to take on board, all the ways of fundraising and all the dates for our committee meetings, a few general meetings and the coffee mornings. We have just had our last committee meeting of the year and the last general one which was held at the last coffee morning. One of our projects in Ward 18 is in process, some have been finished and some are still in the planning stage. “Is it worth it?” you may ask – well the answer to that is “definitely” - judging from some of the letters we receive from grateful patients and their relatives. So it makes it all worth while.

In fact, so much so that I am sure you won’t mind me saying that we still haven’t got our act together in respect of Gift Aid. I am writing in respect of the sponsorship forms. We get the sponsors, well you do, get them to accept the Gift Aid but then we don’t get their full name and address which we need. I know that it is difficult to get sponsors, never mind getting their details, but I can assure you that it is worth the effort.
To date, I have banked £11,695.49 on the sponsored walk. If everybody would have been able to give Gift Aid on this we would have raised a further £3274.74 which is more or less our total Gift Aid for the Year. So we are losing out, but good news, we are getting better. While we are on the sponsored walk, I would like to thank everyone who took part in it, the people who sponsored you and all the members who worked so hard to set it up.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Treasurers Trove over the year. Now I would like to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Alec J. McLean,
Treasurer, Take Heart

Sponsored Walk 2007

Once again, many thanks to our members and familes and supporters who came along to our walk and helped us raise the lovely sum of £11,695.00.

We were blessed with reasonable weather and so many spoke of how much they enjoyed the event and hoped to take part next year. This year we had a number of members who were on holiday and could not attend on the day and walked around wherever they were in order to raise funds for us. Your enthusiasm to walk for Take Heart was very much appreciated.

My thanks to our sponsors, Morrish and Co., APB Scaffolding, Whingate Stores, City Press and Protect Roofing.

My thanks to Keith Senior, Leeds Rhinos who came along to start our walk. Also thanks to Leeds Leisure Services personnel who supported us in holding the event in Roundhay Park.

Of course, to all our Trustees and families, stall holders, registration staff and many of the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust staff who worked on our behalf - without you we could not run this biggest fund raising event of the year. To everyone - a massive Thank You.

Ron Bretherton
Vice Chairman - Take Heart

Walking Club
Future Walks

20th January 2008. Meet 10am in Pudsey Market Place. Further details, John Marshall on 0113 257 3377 or Michael Sowden on 0113 255 0606

17th February 2008 Meet 10.30am at the Groege Greengates. For further details, Michael Sowden on 0113 255 0606

17th March 2008 Meet 10am (note earlier start) at Temple Newsham. Further details Derek Baron on 01943 465236

Horsforth Harriers

I was delighted to go along to the Club House of Horsforth Harriers and meet many of the runners returning from their evening run and to meet club chairman Gordon Little and Race Committee chairman Bob Foulkes who presented me with a cheque for the sum of £640.00 which was raised by the Horsforth Harriers 10K Road Race on behalf of Take Heart.

Many thanks to all who helped raise this lovely sum and also to Ian Park who nominated our charity.

Colin Pullan

Ward 14
18th October 2007

Dear Colin

I am writing on behalf of myself and members of staff on Ward 14 to say a huge 'thank you' to Take Heart. The staff lockers and resuscitation equipment which you kindly purchased for us have recently arrived on the ward.

All the items are very much appreciated by the staff on the ward and they will be very well used for many years to come. The resuscitation equipment in particular will allow vital staff training to take place on the ward and allow staff to keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

With Best Wishes

Helen Rowbotham
Senior Sister, Ward 14

Projects Currently Underway

Ward 18 LGI - a very busy Cardiology Unit. Take Heart are funding the provision of a new Staff Room, Changing Facility and Nurses Station. More information later

Non Invasive Area - E Floor LGI. Take Heart are to fund the complete refurbishment of this large area by doing lighting, flooring, furnishing and painting, making what is a very drab area into a pleasant comfortable area for patients to wait for tests in very relaxed surroundings.

Relatives Room - LGI. Early in the New Year, we are hoping to give our Relative Room Area a major refurbishment. These rooms are constantly in use and demand and of course, allow loved ones to be nearby an ill family member.

We constantly have many other small projects underway.

Colin Pullan

Three Peaks Challenge

Quote from a letter received from Dr Suman Pramanik.

"Please find enclosed a cheque for £369.00 sponsorship money after we completed the 3 peaks challenge. My little sister Ileena aged 17 underwent an ASD closure c/o Mr Waterson on 20 July 2007. She made a speedy and uncomplicated recovery and has been discharged from the team there. She is now back at school studying towards her A Levels, exercising on the treadmill and about to start her driving lessons.

As a family, we cannot express our thanks enough to the staff on Ward 16 for their exceptional care. Staying at the hospital during the time, courtesy of the generosity of the Take Heart Charity was a massive burden off our minds and it helped us to be as fresh as possible to help Ileena recover.

Take Heart is a charity that we are extremely grateful towards, as it is aimed at real life situations and provides an immense help to people in a very direct way, in times of great need.

All the best for the future - keep up the fantastic work."

Great South Run

We were pleased to receive a donation of £1500.00 from John Harris in Buckinghamshire who completed the Great South Run 10 mile road race.

He was motivated to support Take Heart after his father in law Malcolm Beresford had serious heart surgery a couple of years ago. He has made a full recovery and says the support and facilities provided by Take Heart were extremely important to him at what was a traumatic time. He says that he is proud to have been able to do something to express the gratitude that his family feels towards our charity.

Thank you John

Dales Way Walk

Kathryn Skinner wrote to us on 4th November 2007 enclosing a cheque for £650.00 She and her fiance Neil undertook a challenge and adventure in memory of her father David Skinner who sadly passed away on 31st August at the unfair and early age of 69. Her father suffered a heart attack in 1964, and became a keen supporter of Take Heart. He used to love walking every day, even if it was just around Golden Acre Park.

Their challenge was the Dales Way Walk covering 91.67 miles from Ilkley to Bowness in Windermere. She says the Dales Way will forever be a place close to their hearts and they will remember it as a place of great beauty and significance.

Thank you Kathryn - it is very much appreciated.