...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients




Obituary - Treasurer's Trove - Walking Club
Christmas Dance - Christmas Draw 2007
Presentation of Cheque and Certificate of Appreciation
The Thursday Group - Ward Survey 2007 - Leeds Oddfellows
1car1 Support Take Heart - A big Thank You for the Stamps
Bradford Parks Bowling Association - 16th Airedale Cubs Reed Pack
Thank You Letter - Morley Rock 'n Roll - Another Certificate
Sponsored Walk 2007 at Roundhay Park


It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Mr Harry Hurst.

Harry, an accountant, was instrumental in the system of accounting, the Constitution and the selling and printing of the first newsletter for the Take Heart Charity and made a significant contribution to ensure that the charity was established to the success it holds today.

We entend our deepest sympathy to his wife Jacqui and family at their sad loss.


Treasurer's Trove
March 2008

Well, it's that time of year again when the accounts need to go to the accountants.

I have completed them and by the time you read this they will be safely in their hands and well on the way to being completed. I am not going to disclose how we have fared - I'll leave that until the AGM in June.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those generous people who have fund raised on our behalf and all those who have donated. There are people who donate to us on a regular basis either monthly, quarterly or yearly and they do so by direct debit, standing order , deed of covenant or give as you earn and I would like to say a special thanks you to them as they tend to get forgotten over the course of the year. We like to pride ourselves that, wherever possible, we acknowledge all donations in one form or another.

When I first started as treasurer, it was all down to pure book keeping and donations were all either cash or cheque. Now with all this new technology, we receive a lot more payment over the internet. A lot of the stores such as Marks and Spencer, Tesco, etc are stopping payment by cheque. I wonder how long it will be before they stop accepting cash and we will be a world of plastic cards. At the moment it may seem a bit absurd, but I wonder what it will be like in the next decade or two, only time will tell - but will it be any better? Let's hope we are all there to see.

See you at the AGM in June.

Alec J. McLean,
Treasurer, Take Heart

Walking Club - Future Walks:

16th March
Meet 10am Temple Newsham (Note the earlier start)
For further details. contact Derek Baron on 01943 465236

20th April
Drax. Meet 10.30 Drax Power Station Golf Club. For further details, contact John Marshall on 0113 257 3377

18th May
Meet at the Reindeer, Overton opposite the National Coal Mining Museum. For further details, phone John Marshall on 0113 257 3377

Christmas Dance

A lovely evening was enjoyed dancing and listening to the music of the Pentagon Dance Band and Disco Stewart Jenner.

The raffle raised £250.10. Thanks to Heather and Ken Page who donated most of the prizes and to Stewart Jenner who donated two lovely hampers.

Photo shows Clifford Briggs, Margaret Briggs, Heather Page, Maureen Robinson and Arthur Robinson

Christmas Draw 2007

Photo shows Alec McLean, Zaff Hussain, Jack Calvert and Lillian Onginjo

This year the Draw took place the main Reception Area of the Jubilee Wing and was drawn by Jubilee Wing Receptionist Zaff Hussain and Ward 18 Nurse Lillian Onginjo

Once more a great success, my thanks to all who took part and to all who donated the Raffle Prizes. Special thanks to my wife Brenda for all her help in splitting the tickets and to Michael and Olive Sowden, Walter and Margaret Matthews, and Mrs Pam Wilson for their help in bundling the books, the help given by Committee Members in delivering the prizes, not forgetting the Team who took part in the Mail out. The total raised was slightly down on last year but never the less the grand total of £8433.55 was raised

Best wishes to everyone for the New Year

J Calvert

Presentation of Cheque and Certificate of Appreciation

Photo: Karran Awan, Colin Pullan and Rachael Fogg

Rachael Fogg, long term patient at the Yorkshire Heart Centre, recently spent time receiving surgery. Rachael'sfamily stayed in the Take Heart Relatives Rooms.

Her work colleagues at Carillion Facilities Management held a Dress Down and Fun Day on Valentines Day and raised a lovely sum for Take Heart of £233.00

The Thursday Group

I was delighted to go along to meet Neville and Jean Jackson and members of the Thursday Group to thank them for a cheque to the sum of £500.00. Over the years, the group has raiused thousands of pounds for our charity and I am always amazed that such a small group can raise such substantial amounts. It is always my pleasure to tell them about our work and say a big thank you to all concerned.

Colin Pullan, MBE

Ward Survey 2007

Following a survey of wards throughout the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, six of the wards that come under the wing of Take Heart were voted best within the top twelve of all wards.

Many congratulations to them all. I am sure that Take Heart can take a little credit in helping these wards win this accolade. This just shows that our slogan of "Helping to make a Difference" is certainly working and all because of the wonderful support of our members and supporters.

Colin Pullan, MBE

Leeds Oddfellows

The Oddfellows fundraise all the year round for all sorts of charities and on Saturday 19th January 2008 a cheque for £2000.00 was presented to Pat Harrison the Secretary of Take Heart by Denis Mapplebeck, the Noble Grand (Chairman) of the Leodis Financial Lodge in the Leeds District of the”Oddfellows”. Denis had a triple heart bypass in 1999 in Ward14 carried out by Mr. McGoldrick. In the Oddfellows, Denis is a founder member of their Unity Zipper Club, which is open to all of their members who have undergone invasive Heart Surgery. The Oddfellows is the largest Branch Friendly Society in the country and has branches throughout the World and in 2010 celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Our grateful thanks to all concerned

Pat Harrison

Photo shows Pat Harrison and Denis Mapplebeck

1car1 Support Take Heart

The staff of the head office of 1Car1 in Leeds hold a “Dress Down Day” every month to raise money for charities and Take Heart has been chosen on many occasions, so I was pleased to go along to present them with a Certificate of Appreciation for the sum of £819-65 which they have donated to Take Heart up to date. They intend keeping up this good work so thank you very much 1CAR1

Photo shows our Secretary, Pat Harrison presenting the Certificate of Appreciation to Ms Sinead Mannion




A big Thank You for the Stamps

As a lot of you will know, our member, Glenys Hinchcliff started selling used postage stamps for us on ebay in 2004 and since then has raised £1,210.00 so it was time to present her with a Certificate of Appreciation when I last went to see her and took your stamps.

Glenys has asked me to say a big thank you to everyone who sends in their used postage stamps and especially those who have sent in albums of stamps as she says she could not do this without your help.

Glenys also sells knitting patterns on ebay, so if you have any old patterns in good condition that you no longer use send them along to the office and I will let Glenys have them

You can visit Glenys ebay shop at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/chocolate-box-hobbies

Our grateful thanks Glenys and may you spend many more hours in your shop!

Pat Harrison, Secretary.

Bradford Parks Bowling Association

It gave me great pleasure to present the Take Heart Certificate of Appreciation to Mr M F Carter President of the Association for the sum of £570.00 which was raised by member clubs of the Association

J Calvert

Photo shows Mr M F Carter and Mr J Calvert






16th Airedale Cubs Reed Pack

On Monday 28th January, Colin and I went to visit the 16th Airedale Cubs Reed Pack at their Yeadon headquarters to collect a cheque for the lovely sum of £104.00. The amount was raised by the cubs making and selling Christmas Cards with one or two donations included as well.

The cubs raise money each year for different charities and this year we were nominated - for which we are very grateful.

Alec McLean

Thank You Letter

23rd January 2008

Dear Colin and everyone at Take Heart

All the staff on ward 18 LGI would like to “Thank You” for providing the funds and support for a second nurses station on the ward. This project has benefited both patients and staff. Staffs are now nearer to their patients and the staff are working in a slightly quieter, calmer enviornment

Amazingly, this has also helped to maintain staff morale!

Once again thank you from all staff on Ward 18

Best Wishes

Theresa Jones
Senior sister Ward 18 LGI

Morley Rock 'n Roll

Once again I was invited along with our Treasurer Mr Alec McLean to go along to Fountain Street Club at Morley on Friday 1st February 2008 and meet Mr Michael Vickers and his band of helpers and supporters, all rockers, who work tirelessly for the Take Heart Charity throughout the year and receive a cheque to the sum of £2700-00.

This latest donation takes the total that Michael and Helpers have raised over the years in excess of £20000-00 which of coarse has helped Take Heart to continue to make a difference at the Yorkshire Heart Centre.

My grateful thanks to all concerned for continuing support given. They are already raising funds for 2008 and I was pleased to tell the rockers about some of the work the charity is undertaking at the moment

Colin Pullan, MBE

Another Take Heart Certificate of Appreciation

It gave me great pleasure to present the Take Heart Certificate of Appreciation to Mr.Brian and Miss Emma Saunders who completed the ride from Bradford to Liverpool, along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in atrocious weather. Their sponsorship and money raised at Morrisons and a donation of £50.00 from Marks & Spencers (Bradford) raised the magnificent sum of £770.00

J Calvert

Photo shows Mr B Saunders and Mr J Calvert

Sponsored Walk 2007 at Roundhay Park

Final Total - £13984.47