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Dear Friends

Coming towards the festive season and the end of our 21st year, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our members and supporters for the efforts they have made and the generous donations which allow the charity to make such a difference in supporting the work of the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

My thanks also to all our Trustees and helpers for the tireless efforts and time which they give to ensure that the charity fulfils its remit, and helping to raise funds wherever possible over the year.

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 hundreds of letters and e-mails we receive in gratitude of Take Heart’s work shows how much the charity is loved, and staff cannot praise the charity enough for the support given in their work. You all know that all the funds raised by this local charity are used exclusively for the benefit of the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary, St. James Hospital and its units throughout The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

We realise that the coming year will be challenging but with whatever support you can give, we will always endeavour to fulfil our remit.

So 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.

Of 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.

Your trustees and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Colin Pullan MBE

Treasurer's Trove

It`s almost the end of 2010 and I would like to thank you all for the continued support you give to Take Heart. We will all have experienced requests for donations from various charities which drop through our letter boxes. It must work because a lot of the bigger charities do it on a regular basis. I`m glad to say that we don`t. We do send out books of raffle tickets for sale and this along with the sponsored walk is our biggest fund raiser. I think the raffle tickets are a good buy with the first prize having been increased this year to £500, a nice little pick-me-up around this time of the year.

We are fast approaching the festive season, faster than I would like, however it is a nice time of the year isn`t it. I wonder what it would be like to have Christmas dinner in the sunshine like the Australians. The cold is the only problem with our season, that and the short days. I always think that the coldest part of the year is the back end of Autumn when our bodies have not quite adjusted to the cold weather.

The charity is in a good state moneywise and we have a few projects in the offing which will cost us a few coppers, but we will enter 2011 very much in the black.

This might be a very good time to thank all of our Trustees and helpers for their work over the year, all those of you who completed the sponsored walk on our behalf and all those who sponsored you, all those of you who donated monies raised in may ways. We receive donations from given in lieu of gifts for many celebrations, coffee mornings, marathons, walks and various other ways. Thank you all and may I now wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

A J McLean,



Member Kate Mercer had treatment at The Yorkshire Heart Centre earlier this year, and to express her thanks for the wonderful care she received, came up with a novel way of celebrating her 40th birthday.

As she was still recovering from surgery in May when she turned 40, she decided to celebrate six months later, to the day, with a Fancy Dress Party.

Instead of giving presents, she asked family and friends to purchase raffle tickets at her celebration and make donations to Take Heart, and so far has raised a magnificent £220 in ticket sales.

Our thanks go out to Kate for her fantastic support

Paul Kaufman
Membership Secretary

The Cotswolds

Departing from Leeds on our way to Coventry, our hotel was reached after a pleasant drive, with the usual stop for a coffee and a natter.
We arrived about lunch time and everyone settled into their rooms before enjoying free time in the afternoon, exploring the city.

It so happened that the week end was not only Remembrance Sunday but also Coventry, being one of the most bombed cities during the 1939-45 war, was having various events to mark that weekend which was the worst raid that rained terror and totally destroyed large parts of the City with great loss of life.

The hotel we stayed in was immediately behind Coventry Cathedral, a building that suffered heavy damage but now stands proud as a land mark and of course a place of worship which many of our party took the opportunity of visiting.

Friday evening after ‘Christmas eve’ dinner some seventy five of us took part in a quiz and danced the night away.

On Saturday our drivers took us through some beautiful countryside and the colours of the autumn leaves were amazing. We visited the villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold which were again so lovely and we were lucky to have lovely autumn sunshine all day.

Saturday evening was ‘Christmas Dinner,’ followed by a visit from Santa where everyone received a gift. There was also Bingo & Dancing.

On Remembrance Sunday, as the Cathedral was difficult to reach by those who weren’t too good at walking, most went to the service at the Holy Trinity and others stayed in the hotel to pay their respects watching the ceremony on the big screen TV.

Following lunch we had a nice steady drive home

Our thanks to Maureen and Arthur Robinson for doing all the arranging of the weekend and the Christmas gifts, Margaret Briggs for helping with the raffle and Clifford Briggs for arriving on his reindeer…. also to our drivers Dennis and Stan for a comfortable and enjoyable drive.

The raffle for Take Heart raised £76.00. Thanks to all.

Colin Pullan, MBE


If you’ve been a visitor to E Floor in the month of November, you may be forgiven for thinking that the male staff looked decidedly unkempt. Instead of their usual suave, debonair and smooth sophistication, their countenances were sprouting hair. This is because they were taking part in 'Movember' - which means that they were growing beards and moustaches for the month of November.

Why did they do this? Simple – to raise money for Take Heart. Donations came in through our website and to the staff themselves.

At the time of writing, we don’t have a total since money is still coming in, but we understand that some are looking decidedly ragged and it’s been said that a few wives and girlfriends aren’t too keen to be seen out with them.

However, it couldn’t be for a better cause so thank you guys. We appreciate it very much.

Here's one taken at the end of the month:


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This is one of three chairs, bought by Take Heart, installed in the wards of the Yorkshire Heart Centre. They are no ordinary chairs however - each cost in excess of £2000 and they are fantastically comfortable for patients who have difficulty getting comfortable or sleeping. They are electrically adjustable and one patient told Take Heart that he managed his first nights proper sleep in more than five weeks while relaxing in the chair.

Picture shows Bill Stevenson sampling the chair while being administered to by Marjatta Whitaker.


It’s a Phillips Ultrasound Scanner. This is a portable machine that can be taken to the wards, coronary care, intensive care and catheter labs. It is used to scan sick patients who are unable to come to the department or for whom moving them from their bed onto trolleys would be very uncomfortable. The scanner will be used by doctors and cardiac physiologists in the Yorkshire Heart Centre to scan patients with heart problems. Primarily its use would be for acute patients with suspected life threatening heart problems or post pacemaker implant / angioplasty / electrophysiology / ablation / surgery.

Take Heart are providing the £50,000 required for the purchase of this machine, making a great difference to patients in the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

Gina McGawley
Take Heart Vice Chairman


Claire Delahay from Sheffield contacted us and told us about her congenital heart disease (Fallot's Tetralogy) which was corrected and being treated at the Leeds General Infirmary. While she was in the Yorkshire Heart Centre, her family were impressed by Take Heart and made use of the relatives rooms. Her dad, Ron, has recently had his 60th birthday and asked friends and relatives to send donations to Take Heart instead of the usual cards and presents.

Everyone obliged and we were delighted to receive a cheque for £WILL FIND OUT AMOUNT AND LET YOU KNOW from Ron’s birthday party. Many thanks Ron and our sincere best wishes to Claire.

Bill Stevenson

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Despite the bad weather, we collected £374.57 at Marks and Spencer city centre store on Sunday 28 November after they kindly gave us facilities to help customers pack their bags in return for a donation to Take Heart.

Thanks to trustees Paul, Stephanie, Vicky, Sarah, and volunteers Pam Wilson, Hayley Swithenbank and Christopher Richardson for their wonderful effort, and of course to management and staff at Marks and Spencer.

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

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We 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.

You 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.

Bernie Cass


Christmas Ward Round
Friday 24th December 2010

Trustees Seminar
Saturday 5th February 2011


Available on Leeds
0113 392 5645(Medical)
0113 392 5647(Surgical)


If 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


Please be sure to let us have full details if you move house so that we can keep our data base up to date for posting out newsletters etc


Saturday 19th February 2011

The coffee mornings are held in Leeds General Infirmary in
Jubilee Wing on F Floor adjacent to the Take Heart Office
from 10am - 12 noon

Take the lift to F Floor - turn left towards Ward 14
and we're first on the left

Everyone is welcome - please drop in for a coffee and a chat

Promotional Stall
In Jubilee Wing

Our promotional stall is in the Reception Area of the
Jubilee Wing every Friday.

We desperately need volunteers to help us run this stall - can you help?

If so, please click

(We've moved a little.... We're round the corner from the hospital Flower/Card/Refreshment Shop in the Reception area)