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 March  - April  2019
Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter.  The nights are drawing out and despite the cooler weather, there
are definite signs of spring.  In this month’s news are a roundup of recent events; a look forward to forthcoming
events; some ideas to help us stay active and also a scheme to make money for the British Heart Foundation.

Recent Events
At our February meeting we presented Jim Price, who runs with Phoenix Striders, with a Certificate of Achievement.
Jim has run 13 marathons in the last 12 months. He did this in memory of his friend Dave Gillespie who sadly died
following a heart attack. In the process of running these marathons Jim has raised £1,405 which he has generously
donated to Hearts & Minds. Jim’s achievement is all the more meaningful when you learn that he was invalided out
of the Army after suffering injury on active service in Bosnia.

Phoenix Striders
We have already mentioned this group in connection with the superb effort by Jim Price. What you may not know is
that they also organise walking events. Exercise is something we all need to take, however little. If you would like
more details of the events that the Pheonix Striders offer, check out their website at

                                            Jim Price receiving his Certificate of Achievement

Also in February, Danny McCormack, the General Manager of the CTC, gave a very engaging and informative talk
on the growing role of the CTC. Danny was due to have retired last year but is still covering his former role. We
were particularly touched that he chose to talk to us rather than attend a match between Man U and Chelsea!
Although we wish him a happy retirement, we very much hope that he will continue to find time to stay in touch
with Hearts & Minds.

Raising money for the British Heart Foundation by recycling printer cartridges.

The Recycling Factory will make a donation of up to £2 for every inkjet cartridge they can successfully recycle.
They can normally recycle original cartridges for HP, Canon, Brother and Epson. They will not accept damaged
cartridges or ‘no name’ refills. Their website is at
<>  and their address for recycled cartridges is Freepost RSYA-SZBS-LRTL,
The Recycling Factory, Marsh Lane, Boston, PE21 7TX.


Our next meeting is on Monday 18th March at 7pm for a 7.30 start, when our speaker for the evening will be Peter
the Pilot. Peter is a former BA 747 pilot.

Quiz Night
The quiz night this year is on Friday 10th May in the large hall at the Laindon community centre. Tickets are on sale
now and available from Donald and Wendy, priced £5. Maximum table size is eight people.

List of forthcoming Events and Meetings

18.02.2019 Danny McCormack, General Manager CTC
18.03.2019 Peter the  Pilot. A former BA 747 Pilot
15.04.2019 Andrew Babicz - Horticulturalist.
10.05.2019 Quiz Night
20.05.2019 Ray Simpson, CPR demonstration and Sophie Tibbetts from BHF
17.06.2019 Mark Passey. Update on Vascular Ultrasound Scanner
15.07.2019 Motivated Minds
16.08.2019 Bingo Night
16.09.2019 Peter Still of Grays Complementary Clinic. (To be confirmed)
21.10.2019 Liz Shaughnessy, Matron - Cardiology. Topic to be confirmed
18.11.2019 Mervyn McKenna - Vascular Ultrasound
06.12.2019 AGM

If there are other topics you would like to see included, or other social events that you think should be considered,
please let a member of the committee know.

MONTHLY MEETINGS - 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.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR MEMBERSHIP - Tel: Wendy Wright 01268 552701.    E Mail: <>
Post. c/o Cardiac Rehab Team, Floor A CTC Basildon Hospital, Basildon SS16 5NL.
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