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
Newsletter May - June 2017
April 24th - We were delighted to welcome Sister Shelia Smith from the Research Department of the CTC. An excellent presentation from Sheila, who spoke about the follow up on some research she had previously discussed with the group and on the new TAVI procedure.

April 28th - Our annual Quiz Night written and presented by Andrew Catley. 140 people did their best to tackle some excellent questions and great fun was had by all. Our thanks to Andrew for a most enjoyable evening which raised £596 for group funds. This continues to be one of the most popular events in our calendar and we are already looking forward to next year - Ernie has asked for some easier questions! 


May 15th -
Diane Treadwell, Nurse Practitioner, from The Robert Frew Medical Centre in Wickford, will be talking to us about support in the community follow a cardiac event. Diane will be supported by some of the Rehab Team.

June 19th - We will be welcoming back Noel Watson from the CTC to give us an update on the SSEP/EGG equipment that we purchased last year.


July 14th - Night Out at Romford Dogs. There are still a few seats available for this event tickets, priced at £25, include return coach travel from Laindon or Blackshotts, entrance to the track with race card, a seat in the Paddock Corner restaurant complete with two course meal and drink. Tickets are available from David March, 07711 311380.

August 18th -
Bingo Night. Steve has again offered to run our Bingo evening. The tickets will be on sale soon, priced at £7.50 which includes a fish and chip supper. The books will be on sale on the evening £6 each and a pay bar will also be available, please feel free to bring along some nibbles (low fat of course!) As in previous years, the event will be in the usual hall at the Laindon Centre - 7pm for 7.30pm.

Oct 2017 - Back by popular demand!  The Curry Night. The exact date to be confirmed, but Wendy has agreed to organise this social event for a date in October. Watch this space for full details!

Hearts & Minds 2017 Project
Patient Lounge - Chelmer Ward

Chelmer Ward has 32 beds and 16 of these are in side rooms which although they give patient privacy can be isolating. Many patients have expressed a wish for a day room and somewhere they can meet other people going through similar experiences as well as family/friends and have a hot drink. Chelmer Ward has obtained permission to convert an existing unused treatment room into a Patient Lounge. Sister Liz Shaughnessy approached the committee for funds to help furnish the facility. We are delighted to be able to help with this excellent initiative and have agreed to provide up to £2,400 to assist with the purchase of appropriate furniture, drink making facilities and a television. The facility will be named after Hearts & Minds and is expected to in use sometime in July.

Wear It. Beat It. This year’s British Heart Foundation ‘drive’ is entitled Wear it. Beat it. The CTC, as always will be marking the event. This year it will coincide with the 10th anniversary celebrations for the opening of the CTC on 8th June. Hearts and Minds will be providing support for two information desks throughout the day as in previous years and we need volunteers! If you could help at one of the desks for a couple of hours during the day, please get in touch with any on the committee members.

Cycle Rides - With the weather beginning to warm up some of us are dusting of our bikes and looking at taking on a new challenge in the summer. We will be holding our first ‘training ride’ on Sunday 21st May around  Hanningfield Reservoir. Everyone is welcome and we will ride at the slowest persons pace a lap or two will be the order on the day. Please wear a suitable helmet. Meet in the car park at 9.15 am for a 9.30 am start.
Hanningfield Reservoir, Giffords Lane, Chelmsford CM3 8HX 

Ray’s 3 Ride Challenge - AGAIN. - We are delighted to announce that Ray Simpson has agreed to complete another cycling challenge during July. Ray will be starting on the 5th with a ride from the Halifax branch in Brentwood to the branch in Southend via branches at Billericay, Basildon, Wickford, Rayleigh, Canvey Island and Leigh on Sea. Lloyds Banking Group has kindly agreed to match donations of up £500. If you would like to donate please visit

Ray will also be riding London to Southend (52 miles) 16th July and Ride London (100 miles) on 30th July.

If anyone else is looking to take on a new challenge please let us know so we can help with fundraising via the Hearts & Minds just giving page or sponsorship forms.   

They 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.

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