Great Yarmouth & Waveney
Cardiac Support Group
Reg`d Charity 1001132
Affiliated with British Heart Foundation
What is Heartcare? It is the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Cardiac Support Group. It does exactly what is says, supports people and their families who have suffered from a heart condition.
So far this year, we have bought three defibrillators. One is on the outside wall of St. Mark's Church in Oulton Broad which gives easy access not only to the Church but also as it is opposite the main car park, it can be easily accessed by the public if needed. We have also purchased one for the Belton and Browston Football Club. This is on the wall of the club house and is not only for use of the club but also for all those using this facility throughout the week. On average about 500 people pass through these doors! Finally, we were approached by June Mummery to purchase one for the Fish Market. June is passionate about the Lowestoft fishing industry and approached Heartcare after witnessing two fishermen having heart attacks. These defibrillators are not only easily accessible but you cannot go wrong if called upon to use one as you are "talked" through the whole process and given every assistance until medical help arrives, plus, of course, you will have saved a life.
In addition this year, we have bought £800's worth of gym equipment for the cardiac exercise classes held at the JPH as well as a Digital Holter Recorder which is basically a hand held ECG machine costing in the region of £2000.
We have also recently purchased an ECG machine for the Millwood Surgery in Bradwell.
All this is thanks to a hard working committee and committed members who raise monies to achieve these aims and make living in the community a safer place.
You do not have to have suffered a heart condition to belong to this great organisation, but if you do and would like to support and meet people with similar ailments, then why not come along and join us! We meet at the Community Church, Haddenham Way on Lowestoft Southern Industrial Site the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm. A warm welcome is extended to all. Membership is only £5 a year and membership forms can be obtained from the Membership Secretary:- Colin Finch, 9 Woodland Avenue, Worlingham Beccles Suffolk NR 34 7EF
Belton and Browston Football Club
Millwood Surgery in Bradwell
St. Mark's Church in Oulton Broad
Here is picture of the equipment purchased by Heartcare. For JPH
Heart rate monitor which has already been used on three patients
It was my pleasure on Friday 30th September 2016 to be presented with a cheque for £500 from Persimmon Homes. Each month every region where Persimmon's has a main office, local charities are able to apply for an award up to £1000 and out of all the applicants two charities are nominated. The scheme is known as the Persimmon Homes Community Champions. Our vice chairman, Pam Randell applied on our behalf back in April and in September her application was successful and we were one of the local lucky nominees! At the presentation I attempted to stress the useful work and support we endeavour to do in our local community and at the James Paget Hospital and hopefully the information I gave will further advance our standing and recognition. We must all thank Pam for her tireless money raising schemes and street collections which all help to keep us buoyant and able to continue our good work. Thanks Pam
The picture shows the recipient of this year's Bursary award, Michael Cox, receiving a cheque for £600 from our patron, Dr Justin Zaman. Michael is a heart failure nurse specialist and has completed an Advanced Life Support Provider course and wishes to use the bursary to complete a two day instructor's course which will enable him to assist with health care and professional training at the JPH and also provide a high standard of recognised teaching in the local community generally.
The photo shows chairman Mary Stamp receiving a cheque for £100 from the Norwich and Peterborough building society. Heartcare was award the donation under their Small Change Big Difference campaign. Charities are chosen to receive the award by customers, colleagues and members of the public.
It is with great sadness I have to tell you of the death of our President Don Lacey on Saturday 14th January 2017 after a short illness.
Mary Stamp Chairman
It was my great pleasure at our first meeting to be held at the Hotel Victoria to present General Manager, Adam Greenfield, with a hand held defibrillator. It was obviously well received on behalf of the Hotel and will be kept in the reception area of the Hotel and therefore will be easily accessible if it is ever required.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Adam and his staff for making Heartcare feel very welcome at our inaugural meeting in the function room and we look forward to a pleasant, friendly, working relationship for the future.