Registered charity in England No 1144451
Meetings held at the Laindon Center Click for map
Basildon & District Heart Support Group
A self-help group that helps patients and carers face the future
Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation
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Newsletter November - December 2017
July 17th- This meeting was a little different! We had no planned speaker, so we had a discussion session. Members of the Rehab team and some of the committee moved around the tables facilitating discussions and helping where it was appropriate. The object of the exercise being to share information and experiences amongst patients and their carers. As it says in our strap line - we are a self help group, and talking and sharing is an important part of what we do. The evening seemed to go very well and feedback was positive.

As in previous years, there was no meeting planned for August, but a very successful Bingo evening was run on 18th August.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the September meeting at very short notice as the planned speaker for the evening was taken ill at the last moment with a TIA. Apparently he has recovered well and we look forward to rearranging a time for him to talk to us.

October 16th We welcomed Kevin Maloney, Community Development and Support Co-Ordinator from Headway Essex. Kevin’s talk was both informative and entertaining. It was interesting to note how many issues affecting people with acquired brain injury are very similar to issues faced by people who have been through some form of cardiac event.

November 20th -
Andrew Babicz. Originally planned for September, Andrew, a professional horticulturalist, is now well again and will be talking on some gardening related topics.

Annual General Meeting for 2017
Our AGM will be held on Friday 8th December. In addition to the usual formalities there will be buffet provided and, hopefully, we will be able to make use of the Bar.

Annual Christmas Raffle. We are at this time of year again when we have our annual raffle. In the last 9 years we have raised over £50000.00 all of which has been spent on equipment etc. for the CTC to enable them to give heart patients a greater chance of recovery from heart related problems
In order that we can continue this again we enclose a book of 10 raffle tickets at 50p per ticket which hopefully
will give us the start for 2018 fund raising
Enclosed is an addressed envelope and if you could return your tickets by 4th December If paying by cheque please make it out to Basildon & District Heart Support Group
Thank you. David March (Treasurer)

Hearts & Minds 2017 Project -
Patient Lounge , Chelmer Ward - Update
The work in converting an existing unused treatment room into a Patient Lounge has now been completed The room is already being used and we are receiving very positive feedback. The formal opening was performed in September by Danny McCormack. It is thanks to the generosity of our members that we have been able to help with this excellent initiative. We have now been approached by Roding Ward with a view to assisting them to improve their patient lounge facilities. More news on this in our next newsletter.

Cycle Ride - Update We are delighted to announce that Ray, Perry and others successfully completed the ride from London to Southend (52 miles) on 16th July. Also, Ray and his work colleague, Emmanuelle cycled round all the Halifax branches, a total of 54 miles. The money raised from these events is shared with the British Heart Foundation. Kirsty
Brzeczek from the BHF attended the meeting on Monday 16th October to receive a cheque for £1226.

We have received a couple of very generous donations recently; firstly, from the CTC, who recently held their 10th anniversary ball and raised £1000, of which we receive £800. Another major donation was received from Mitsubishi Electrical. They donated £1000 in memory of their late employee Kevin Nesbitt in line with his family’s wishes. A donation of £508.00 has been received from relations and friends of the late Betty Tilby, mother of one of our members, Bill Tilby
Whist recognising these donations, we must also thank all those who make donations. It is the generosity of all these people that enable us to undertake the work we do in support of CTC. Thank you to you all.

Future distribution of this newsletter
At the moment, this newsletter is available either in printed form or electronically via e-mail. The cost of distributing the printed copy continues to rise with the ever increasing postal charges. It is also labour intensive. So, from January 2018 our newsletter will only be available via e-mail. Most folk now have access to email, however, we can provide a printed copy in exceptional circumstances following a written request.
Also in the new year, we will be undertaking a review of the membership list to make sure we comply witthe changing laws on data protection. More on this in the new year!

These are all held on the 3rd Monday of the month at Laindon Community Centre, High Road, Laindon.
Doors open at 7pm and the meetings start at 7.30pm.


Tel: Wendy Wright 01268 552701. E Mail:

Post. c/o Cardiac Rehab Team Floor A CTC Basildon Hospital Basildon SS16 5NL.