...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients
May 2009



This is the new style medal with which you will be presented
when you complete the Take Heart Sponsored Walk on 6th September




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Treasurer's Trove - Chairman's Comments - Diary Dates - Annual General Meeting - Camera Presentation
Morrish and Co
- Order your Goodies Online - Letter - Cardiac Nurse Helpline
Change address? - Collection Boxes - Diary Dates - Promotional Stall - Coffee Mornings - Joseph Priestley College - Mark Swin
ford Photographers - FRSB

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Treasurer's Trove

By the time you read this, we will have celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Take Heart.

20 years - where has it all gone? I've enjoyed most of my time with Take Heart, there's been one or two hiccups along the way, but in the main, a good experience.

Over the years, we have fund raised in many ways - collecting at Morrison's, the Grand Theatre, the Theatre at Guiseley and one or two other spots until at the moment, we seem settled at IKEA. We've visited pubs and working men’s clubs all over the county where artistes have performed on our behalf. We used to go to galas in the old days with our stall and we had a badge making machine in those days upon which customers could make their own message on the badge, draw a picture or their name on it. We still have the badge machine, but it hasn’t been used for a long time. We have cubs, scouts, brownies and guides fund raise for us and Colin and I have visited a few groups ion the past. Golf Club captains of both sexes have made our charity their designated charity for the term of office and money has been raised by this method. Firms have had dress down days charging a fee which also has benefited Take Heart. Members have their own methods of fund raising like selling items on E-Bay or passing on their fees for lectures, talks etc. We have groups who raise money for us and then on a personal note, we have members and their relatives and friends who run the London Marathon, the New York Marathon, the Great North Run, The Great South Run, the Leeds 10k and John O'Groats to Lands End for us.

It's wonderful how generous people are and it's been a pleasure and privilege to have been the treasurer of such a good local charity. Long may it reign.

A J McLean,


Dear Friends

As you will be aware, this is a year for celebrating our 20 year anniversary. We will be holding our Tea Dance at the Queens Hotel as a start and a full report wil be given in our next newsletter. Also I can confirm that the Charity will be holding a full week promotional and information stall in the Jubilee Wing Reception Area on week commencing Monday 10th August through to Sunday 16th August, every day except Wednesday. More details in our next newsletter.

In this edition, you will see details of our Annual General Meeting with guest speakers. Do come along and hear about your charity and the latest work going on in the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

We are currently helping projects on Ward 11, Ward 19, Ward 14 and Nuclear Cardiology and we have further projects in the discussion stage. The efforts and support you all give, continue to make these possible.

Hope to see many of you at our AGM.

Colin Pullan, MBE

Camera Presentation

We were delighted to make a gift of some superb Canon camera equipment for the Yorkshire Heart Centre, to assist in training and submission of photographs for medical journals and web sites.

Photo shows Colin Pullan, MBE, chairman of Take Heart presenting the equipment to Mr Chris Munsch, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

Bill Stevenson


The Annual General Meeting of Take Heart will be held on Monday 8th June 2009 at 7.30pm for 8pm in the Lecture Theatre, D Floor, Clarendon Wing, Leeds General Infirmary.
(From reception, turn left along the corridor to the lifts. Take lift to D Floor. The Lecture Theatre is opposite the lift doors. Direction signs will be posted and one of our trustees will be in reception if help is required. Light refreshments will be served)

If you are a member, you are entitled - and indeed encouraged - to attend.

This will be a fascinating evening - you will hear about the charity's work and our guest speakers will be:

Maggie Boyle (Chief Exec LTH NHS Trust)
Dr Greg Reynolds
(Consultant Cardiologist)
Mr Philip Kay
(Consultant Cardio Thoracic Surgeon)
Stacey Hunter
(Directorate Manager, Ca
rdiology and Respitory)

Please come and join us.

Morrish 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 Clough –Pudsey)


I am delighted to inform you that 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 George Harrison 22 South View Rothwell LS26 0NT

Bill Stevenson


Joseph Priestley College Hair and Beauty Department organised a Trade Show Event at Morley Town Hall. The Take Heart Charity was chosen to benefit and also received some good promotion on the day.
The total raised was £157.11. My thanks to the organisers, Helen Brook and Lynne Cooper for the lovely donation and for highlighting our charity.

Colin Pullan, MBE


For several years, Mr Charles Clarke of Mark Swinford Photographers has very kindly donated a voucher for our annual raffle and other events. The voucher entitles the recipient to have a portrait sitting, preview presentation and a 10" x 8" framed portrait valued at £165.00
In our 20th Anniversary year, I thought it would be nice to give Charles a special 'Thank You' and to say how much we have appreciated his generosity and support over the years.
You can find Mark Swinford Photographers at 95-97 Long Row, Horsforth. Charles, please accept our grateful thanks.

Pat Harrison


Eagle eyed members will notice a new logo on the front of the website and on Take Heart Literature. This 'tick' shows that Take Heart is now a member of the Fundraising Styandards Board which is a self-regulatory body for fundraising in the UK.
See www.frsb.org.uk
Membership indicates that Take Heart has signed up to the highest fiundraising standards and must:

  • Adhere to the Institute of Fundraising's Code of Practice

  • Have procedures in place to deal with complaints

  • Display the 'tick' on fundraising materials

We consider that membership shows that your charity, Take Heart is well-run and forward thinking. Most of the big national charities have become members. Look for the 'tick' logo when you next see their adverts. Just as importantly, surveys have shown that consumers are mopre likely to donate to a charity if they knew it was a member of the Fundraising Standards Board.
We hope that membership will continue to inspire the confidence of members and the public in Take Heart.

Tom Morrish


Dear Colin

Where have the last twenty years gone? I felt the need to put pen to paper in recognition of all that you and the team have achieved since 1989.
I have received the Take Heart newsletters with interest over the years and it has kept me in touch with the developments regardless of which part of the country I have been working in.
March 2009 was no exception and yet it suddenly occurred to me that you may not be aware of how much Take Heart means to the staff. I can remember one grey day in November, it must have been between 1990 as we were preparing for ‘Trust Status’ results from a recent communication survey indicated that more needed to be done. Take Heart were holding their meeting in the Garland Gallery, it started about 7pm as I remember, it wasn’t worth going home; I was tired and disheartened.
The meeting commenced; only a handful of us were present and I remember thinking this is why I am here, you were so full of enthusiasm and light and this helped me to greatly put everything into perspective.
I would suggest therefore that the second paragraph on the front page of Take Heart News issue No 118 should read “has provided support for patients, relatives and friends and staff.”
I have worked with several charities over the years and tend to use Take Heart as a yardstick; through your leadership, we have all benefited.

With best wishes
Yours sincerely

Babs Henry
Former Nurse Manager
Regional Specialities; Critical Care
September 1989 – March 1992


Available on Leeds
0113 392 5645(Medical)
0113 302 5646(Surgical)
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


Other Important Dates
Annual Trip Sunday, June 14th
Sponsored Walk Sunday, September 6th
Tinsel & Turkey Friday/Sunday, November6th/8th
Christmas Draw Saturday, December 5th
Christmas Eve Ward Visits

IKEA Collections
Saturday & Sunday May 30th and 31st
Saturday & Sunday July 25th and 26th
Saturday & Sunday September 19th and 20th
Saturday & Sunday November 28th and 29th

Newsletter Closing Dates
March Monday, February 23rd
May Monday, May 4th
July Monday, July 13th
October Monday, September 28th
December Monday, November 16th


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

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

Saturday May 23rd
Saturday August 15th
Saturday November 21st
Saturday February 20th 2010

Promotional Stall

On the following Fridays in Jubilee Wing

June 19th
July3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st
August 14th and 28th
September 11th and 18th
October 3nd, 16th and 30th
November 13th and 27th
December 4th and 18th

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