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
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.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS FOR 2017

September 18th -
Andrew Babicz will be talking on a gardening related topic. Andrew is a professional Horticulturalist with many years experience, including RHS Wisley, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace. Currently Secretary and judge for the London Gardens Society.

October 16th - Kevin from Headway, the support group for hypoxic brain injury.

November 20th - Peter the Pilot, A former 747 pilot with British Airways.

SOCIAL EVENTS for 2017

October 19th 2017 -
Back by popular demand! The Curry Night. This will be held at the Tandoori Parlour on Thursday 19th October. Ticket, priced at £12.50 are on sale. Entertainment will be provided by the ‘crooner’, Ray Soar and there will of course be a raffle.

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. There is to be a formal opening in September, unfortunately not before we have to go to print with this newsletter. We are delighted to 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 and others successfully completed the ride from London to Southend (52 miles) on 16th July. The money raised from these events is shared with the British Heart Foundation. A representative from the BHF will be attending the October meeting of the group so that we can present them with a cheque. The exact total is, as yet, not clear as donations are still coming in. (Thank you Mr and Mrs Eldridge)

Donations
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. Whist recognising these two 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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS -
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.

CONTACT DETAILS FOR MEMBERSHIP.
Tel: Wendy Wright 01268 552701. E Mail: committee@basildonheart.co.uk
Post. c/o Cardiac Rehab Team Floor A CTC Basildon Hospital Basildon SS16 5NL.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/heartsandmind

Newsletter September - October 2017
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