...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients




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Treasurer's Trove - Chairman's Comments - Thank you Lillian
Morrish Solicitors - Virgin Money Giving - Jack Calvert
Send us your stamps - Cabaret - - Be a Trustee - A super football donation
In Appreciation - Headingley Rotary Club - Coffee Morning - SMILE
Salvation Army - Colourful ECG's - Southport Outing
New Scanner Handover - Cream Tea - Lidos - Turkey and Tinsel
Order Goodies - Who Runs Take Heart? - Dates for your diary
Cardiac Nurses - Collection Boxes - Change of Address - Coffee Mornings
Promotional Stall in Jubilee Wing

Leaflet - "We are Take Heart

Chairman's Comments

Dear Friends

Would you like to help Take Heart raise funds? Our 23rd sponsored walk is on the 4th September in Roundhay Park and we would really like to see you and as many friends and family as possible. Over the years, the walk has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

We have two main events over the year and this is one of them. People come together, old friends meet, have a laugh and a chat and generally enjoy the day. Please come along to this beautiful park and get a little exercise. Bring the children and the dog if you like and have a lovely day out. It isn’t a strenuous walk – you can walk as little or as much as you want – one mile or twelve miles – it’s up to you.

Many people raise some lovely amounts by getting sponsors either through work, or family, friends and neighbours. Some people just do the walk and ‘sponsor themselves.’ Don’t forget, you get a commemorative medal for walking! Some people have told me that they don’t come to the walk because they are retired, not working, live on their own, are unable to do a walk – well why not come along, say hello to our trustees and cheer on those who are doing the walk. It’s a really good atmosphere.

If the day is inconvenient or you are on holiday or working, you may do the walk any day. Just return your sponsor form with a covering note and we will post your medal out. Even if you are on holiday, you can do the walk anywhere in the world….

One or two of the Cardiac Consultants from the Yorkshire Heart Centre have agreed to do the walk for those who are unable. Full details are enclosed with this newsletter.

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th September. Registration starts at 9.30 at the Mansion and the walk starts at 11am.

Kind regards to you all.

Colin Pullan MBE

Treasurer's Trove

I need your help. In the middle of May I received a cash donation of £186.00 with nothing with it except a short note which read Andrew Poughton – James Cook, Middlesbrough. I would presume the James Cook refers to an address or the name of a building in Middlesbrough but apart from that “I Know Nothing”.

Does anyone know anything about this donation? I can be contacted by writing to our Take Heart office on F.Floor, Yorkshire Heart Centre, Jubilee Building, Leeds General Infirmary, LS1 3EX.

On a separate subject now. We have two gentlemen who collect and sell used postage stamps on behalf of the charity. I have been asked to trmind people that if they are sending used stamps to these two gentlemen would they please ensure the correct postage is used as they are having to pay surcharges.

I have been having some problems with the internet payments. Over the past couple of years we have received payments via the internet. We first of all used Charity Choice but the problem with them is they provided little information so we ended up having to write to the donors to find out what the donations were for. Then we went onto paypal who were a little better but not quite what we needed so now we are with Virgin money giving who give us a lot of information and even look after the gift aid as and when appropriate. Their website is a little difficult to get into so please bear with me if your donation hasn`t been shown on the donations lists. I am getting there if only slowly.

A J McLean

A presentation to Take Heart before our AGM was a donation by Mrs Lillian Phillips from the sale of scarves for the sum of £400.00. We ran an article about Lillian in our last newsletter and she again thanked all her friends and neighbours for help in donating wool and selling scarves.

Colin Pullan, MBE

Before the start of our Annual General Meeting, I presented Mrs Brenda Calvert and her
Daughter in Law, Mrs Cath Calvert with a plaque in appreciation of the service given to Take Heart by our late Trustee, Mr Jack Calvert.

Jack was a devoted Trustee and served from 1992 until his death in 2011. Those present showed their respect by holding a minutes silence and offering its sympathy to Brenda and family.

Colin Pullan, MBE

A Super Donation

Donald Cunningham, a lifelong Leeds United supporter, was at home listening to the final match of the 2009-10 season at which Leeds gained promotion.

A few minutes after the final whistle, Donald suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed in to St. James before being transferred to Ward 7 in the LGI. Sadly Donald passed away several days later. Whilst at the LGI, Donald’s widow and son were able to benefit from some of the facilities ‘Take Heart’ provide, and wanted to support the charity in the future.

His widow and son contacted Leeds United and asked if they could donate something in Donald’s memory. They agreed and provided a football signed by the members of the promotion winning squad. Mrs Cunningham and son Darren have given the football to Take Heart to use for fund raising.

This football will be auctioned at the Cabaret Evening in September and hopefully will be presented to the winning bidder by Wendy Cunningham and her son Darren.

We thank Donald’s family for this wonderful gesture and wish them well for the future.

Paul Kaufman


Before the start of our Annual General Meeting Mr Terry Hardaker and his son Glen presented a cheque to Take Heart for the sum of £3100.00 which had been raised by many friends and family together with business and other organisations.

This was in appreciation of the care given to Glen following many months he spent as a patient in the Yorkshire Heart Centre. When handing over the cheque, Terry spoke of the wonderful care given to his son and he thanked Take Heart for providing comfortable surroundings and the many facilities which they used during his son’s illness. His son Glen then spoke of his gratitude for all the loving care he had received and also thanked Take Heart.

Photo shows Terry and Glen Presenting the cheque

Headingley Rotary Club

It gave me great pleasure to go along to a meeting of the Headingley Rotary Club in May and give a talk to the members about the work of Take Heart and a little about the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

After the meeting I was presented with a cheque for the sum of £1557.00 by Mr Monty Reid the retiring President being donations for Take Heart - his chosen charity for his year in office.

My thanks to Monty and the Headingley Rotary Club for their many efforts in raising this generous donation.

Photo shows Mr Monty Reid presenting the cheque


Recently Mrs Rose Sturdy of Baildon, held a coffee morning with Tombola and various stalls and with the help of family and friends Mrs Sturdy was able to raise the sum of £300 for Take Heart.

It was donated in appreciation of the care and attention Mrs Sturdy received from Mr Kay and his team.

Our picture shows Mrs Sturdy and her team of helpers.

Alex McLean

(photo Mrs Sturdy and her team of helpers)


When you are dissatisfied
And would like to go back to your youth,
Think of Algebra.

You know you are getting old when
Everything either dries up or leaks.

We all get heavier as we get older,
because there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Take Heart have recently redecorated and supplied pictures for both the adult and children’s ECG rooms in the Yorkshire Heart Centre. The children’s ones are particularly good as, with the help of the technicians, they distract attention away from the sometimes intimidating wires and equipment


Although we started out on a nice morning, before our arrival in Southport, the weather got really nasty with wind and rain which sadly carried on all day. However, the members of Take Heart were not to be downhearted and all seemed to enjoy good company amongst friends, visiting local hostelries, cafes, shopping and enjopying a good meal.

Not the best of days out we have enjoyed, but we certainly got some good sea air and made the best of another day out.

A big thank you to Mrs Edith McLean whoo did all the work in organising the coaches and making sure everyone was on board at the right place and all our driveres for a nioce journey.

Colin Pullan, MBE


Some of the Take Heart Trustees were on hand at the inauguration of the new £55,000.00 Phillips Cardiac Ultrasound Scanner, provided by Take Heart. 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 on to 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.

“We are very grateful to Take Heart for this specialist hi-tech piece of equipment which will make a tremendous difference to patients who may find it difficult to leave their hospital beds to attend the clinic for a heart scan,” said Dr Dominik Schlosshan, pictured here with the trustees.

Bill Stevenson


My wife and I, together with our treasurer Alex McLean and his wife went along to Harrogate where some members had laid on a Cream Tea in aid of Take Heart.

We were really looking forward to sampling the wares, but the event had proved so popular, by the time we arrived, they had run out of cream – so we had to have our strawberries without the cream! What a great hardship eh?

The event was so successful it amazed the organiser Mrs Hilary Sylvester who was helped by her husband John and family and friends. Hilary organised the event to say thank you for the wonderful care she received at the Yorkshire Heart Centre and the facilities provided by Take Heart.

Our thanks to everyone who worked on the day and to the local community who gave such marvellous support. The event raised the lovely sum of £620.00.

Colin Pullan, MBE


Once again Lidos gave us a very warm welcome when we accepted an invitation to watch a performance of the musical “The Bad Girls.”

After a very enjoyable evening and a superb performance our treasurer, Alec McLean and I were invited back stage to receive a cheque for the sum of £1000.00.

Lidos have being marvellous supporters of Take Heart for a long time and have made donations of many thousands of pounds in appreciation of care given to a long serving member of Lidos, Mr Alan Smith and other members who have had care at the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

Thank you do much Lidos.

Colin Pullan, MBE


We need new trustees to help run our Charity – in fact, we have vacancies for six at the moment.

The trustees are vital to Take Heart and you would find the commitment and work involved very satisfying. Many of you enjoy a better life style, given to you by the surgeons and staff at the LGI, so can you repay them by supporting your charity and consider being a trustee?

The work of being a trustee isn’t demanding. We hold a number of committee meetings (approximately one a month) and other activities we undertake include our promotional stall in the reception area of the hospital selling various items, coffee mornings, collecting days, newsletters plus many other items to promote Take Heart.

Because of the six vacancies we have at present, it becomes hard on the other trustees to cover all the various activities, so this is why we need new trustees.

All the work is voluntary and unpaid but we are fortunate in having the commitment of everyone to ensure the continuation of the worthwhile function of the charity.

Our AGM is in June so why not think seriously about becoming a trustee?
The Chairman and any other trustee would be willing to talk to you about what is involved and if necessary arrange for a visit to one of our committee meetings – without any obligation whatever.

So have we got your attention on this very important message?

Are you going to volunteer as a trustee?

 Please consider this seriously and if you feel you could consider being a trustee, please contact us. The closing date for applications is June 1st 2011.

NB. If you do not wish to be involved as a trustee, would you still like to be involved as a volunteer to help in various functions?

Ron Bretherton


Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Take Heart recently changed its method of accepting donations and sponsorship on the internet by signing up with Virgin Money Giving and this is proving to be an excellent move. To donate any amount of money, please click the Virgin icon above.

We have also signed up with Vodafone who kindly allow any mobile phone to make a donation of up to £10 by text message to Take Heart. For example, to donate £3.00, simply text 70070 with the following message: TAKE44 3 (TAKE44 is our code for Take Heart and the 3 is the amount you donate.) There is an immediate reply text to you to say thank you. Vodafone charge us nothing for this service and every penny comes to Take Heart.

Bill Stevenson


We are always on the lookout for new and secondhand books to sell 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.
Many thanks.

Ron Bretherton


Have 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

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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.

Bill Stevenson


Sponsored Walk in Roundhay Park
Sunday 4th September 2011

Tinsel and Turkey
11 - 14 November
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Christmas Draw
Saturday 3rd December

Christmas Eve Ward Round


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


If you require a collection box, or your collection box needs empting,
contact 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


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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're round the corner from the hospital Flower/Card/Refreshment Shop in the Reception area)