...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients

LATEST: Cabaret Night - story and pictures - here

Refurbished Relatives Suites opened.
Click here for story and Pics


Take Heart Cabaret Extravaganza - full details
Treasurer's Trove - Chairman's Comments - Morrish - Walking Club
Order Goodies - Who Runs Take Heart? - Christmas Draw - Letters
Cardiac Nurses - Collection Boxes - Change of Address - Diary
Ikea - Coffee Mornings - Promotional Stall in Jubilee Wing
Name the Teddy


The Annual Christmas Draw took place on Saturday 5th December

To see the photographs and a list of winning tickets, please click here

Treasurer's Trove

I am presently in the throes of finalising the accounts for the auditors. It comes round very quickly, one minute I seem to have all the time in the world and the next minute it is upon me. Mind you weeks seem to fly by as though there is only one day in a week instead of seven – makes you wonder why it didn`t pass this quickly when you were at school.

Technology is well and truly upon us now and payments via the internet are increasing as the weeks go by. There is still a problem as to why the donation has been made, i.e. In memory of, sponsoring someone, or just general donation but hopefully we will get on top of this problem in the near future. At the moment we are having to write to the donators. I remember years ago when computers were starting to become established in the work place we were told that all paperwork would become obsolete and everything could be obtained from the computer. I seem to have more paperwork in my little office not less. Mind you today`s youngsters live by the computer, even the new mobile phones have more power in them than a whole room full of computers in the good old days.

I'll get back to my accounting now and by the time you read this all paperwork will be in the hands of our Auditors.

I'm sorry that those people who donated instead of sending Christmas cards didn`t get their donations in the Christmas Newsletter. We do need these donations in before the 5th of November so they can be included in the Newsletter which we post out on the day of the Christmas raffle draw. So maybe next year!

A J McLean,


In our first newsletter of the year, I would like to wish all our members and supporters a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Your charity over the past year has made some great projects come to fruition to the benefit of so many patients, their relatives and Staff.

In December, our membership secretary Mr George Harrison was very ill whilst visiting his daughter in Saffron Walden and spent many weeks in Cambridge Hospital. Of course, his wife, Mrs Pat Harrison, our secretary, was with him. I am pleased to say George is back home and I and all his colleagues wish him a speedy recovery.

Illness of members of our admin team also meant that our usual high standard of administration was under immense pressure during the December/January period and I would like to apologise if this has caused any upset.

I am pleased to sday that we are now back on an even keel with the secretary’s post being looked after by our Assistant Secretary Mrs Stephanie Kaufman and the membership being looked after by Mr Paul Kaufman. All our trustees are now looking at plans to ensure continuity of the charity in the future.

For 2010 please continue to help us to keep making a difference in the Yorkshire Heart Centre – we believe there is none finer.

Colin Pullan MBE


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

Letters – March 2010

Dear Colin

I would like to thank you and all of Take Heart for kindly funding the printing of “A Patient and Carers Guide to understanding Planned Angioplasty” booklet for us. It has been a huge piece of work but without you, we would not have been able to complete it. It will be beneficial to our patients as they currently get little or no information.

In the near future, we hope to start a pre-admission clinic for this group of patients and give then the booklet which I am sure they will find a useful piece of information.

Kind regards

Chenele Keenan
Team Leader/Nurse Specialist
Cardiac Therapy Services.


Dear Colin

My staff and I would like to say a huge thank you for the recent refurbishment of our staff room, which Take Heart have so kindly paid for. It is fabulous and goes a long way to boosting morale in a small isolated department like ours.

The gift we received at Christmas has paid for new crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment to add to the comfort and splendour of our new staff room.

Please feel free to come and have a cup of tea!

Kind regards

Meg Bould
Team Leader
Nuclear Cardiology.

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

Walking Club Notes

31st January 2010 - Pudsey. It is 19 years since we had to cancel a walk because of adverse weather, so the traditional 3rd Sunday in the month has served us well. The walk was deferred from a fortnight ago because of the snow and with the weather forecast for this week, things weren’t looking too good for today.
However, it turned out to be a lovely day for walking even if still frosty underfoot. Setting out along Intake Lane and then left into Swinnow Avenue to bring us to Stanningley Park for a brief stretch off the roads. Up through the local trading estate and then a steady climb to Cemetery Road, a footpath towards St Lawrence Cricket ground, down and past the Cenotaph to South Parade where we joined the old railway formation to take us back to Kent Road, Lowtown and back to base.

Our thanks to the Britannia staff for their usual excellent fare, and thanks to Maureen and co. for the usual raffle.

Future Walk details from Bob Barnes on 01924 271996 or John Marshall on 0113 257 3377.

Naming of Teddy

A large teddy bear was donated by Mr Dean Sayor of Strands Card and Gift Shop, Drighlington to run a ‘Naming of the Bear’ to raise funds for Take Heart.

The winner was Mrs Lynne Brown who named the bear Malcolm.

The event got some excellent publicity for Take Heart.

Thanks to Dean, their customers and staff for raising the lovely sum of £133.70.
Photo shows Lynne Brown, Dean Sayor, Malcolm the Bear, Alex Mulvany and Rebecca Mulvany.


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


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


Friday/Sunday, November 6th/8th

Saturday, December 5th

Ward visits

All collection dates are Saturday and Sunday

To be announced


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 22nd 2010

This is followed by General Meeting.

Promotional Stall
In Jubilee Wing

The promotional stall would be in the Reception Area of the Jubilee Wing every Friday.

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