We would like to wish all our members, friends and associates a very Happy Christmas and, hopefully, a healthy New Year!
CHRISTMAS GYM HOURS
The Cardiac Gym at Yeovil District Hospital will operate for the Christmas and New Year periods as follows:-
Monday 23rd December - Normal Sessions
Tuesday 24th December - No Afternoon Sessions
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Friday 27th December - Normal Sessions
Monday 30th December - Normal Sessions
Tuesday 31st December - No Afternoon Sessions
New Years Day - Closed
Thursday 2nd January - Normal Sessions
Friday 3rd January - Normal Sessions
TESCO'S BAGS OF HELP
We are pleased to announce that Yeovil Heartbeat came out on top with Tesco's Bags of Help. We will be awarded £4000 which will be used to buy some more gym equipment.
Thank you to every one who helped us reach this total.
Our Coffee Morning was well attended by about 50 people and was a good event.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event and to those who donated cakes.
We made a profit of £370 pounds.
ROTARY CLUB COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DRAW
Various Heartbeat members sold 400 draw tickets in the hospital foyer and cafe on Wednesday 6th November. Thanks to everyone who helped.
CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
The annual Christmas Dinner Dance at Haselbury Mill was a great success. Although not a fund-raising event, there was a profit of £709.
This event was very well attended and raised an overall profit of over £1500. Thanks to everyone who attended for their support.
To keep our valued supporters up to date with fundraising events for the charity throughout the year, we will be posting information both on the Yeovil Heartbeat website (www.yeovilheartbeat.org.uk), and on our notice boards. Our event notice boards are placed outside the gym at Yeovil Hospital, with another inside the gym on the mirror. There is also a board at the Crewkerne gym for our supporters who exercise there.
If you would like to be notified about future events taking place then please join our email list by emailing Phil Everleigh (volunteer and mailing list co-ordinator) on
New Gym Session
Some gym sessions have become full and, at times, over full. If you attend one of these and fancy a quieter session, there is a new one starting on Wednesday 6th March at 6pm. It will be run by Matt.
Donations for this year include generous cheques from the following: Old Barn Recreational and Social Club Rosamund Pilcher Foundation Somerset Vintage Tractor Group Higos Community Fund Bournemouth Electric Club Corinthian Pillar Masonic Lodge John Davies Stephanie Carter
We have benefitted from the various generous organisations that continue to support the charity, as well as many individual donations including cheques in lieu of birthdays, anniversaries and donations in memorium of old friends. The monies help to maintain and replace the equipment in the gym and provide valuable information and resources for staff, patients and relatives.
We would like to thank everybody who has supported the unit this year with donations (both big and small), their time (especially our fabulous group of volunteers) and their expertise (the amazing YHB committee in particular). The continued support from you all means that we are able to provide the excellent service that we are so well known for.
Team Update Thanks to the support from Yeovil Heartbeat, our Cardiac Rehabilitation department remains the only service in Somerset to offer a full range of services and follow-up. We are extremely proud and fortunate to be able to rehabilitate any patient, regardless of heart condition or physical ability. Kelly gave birth to two beautiful girls on 20th August 2017 – a little earlier than expected but Amelie and Willow are both doing really well. Kelly will be joining us back in the department in the summer after her wedding on 26th May. We are looking forward to having her back. Victoria Lavers has joined us from the Emergency Department to cover Kelly’s maternity leave. Many of you will of course know Victoria as she is Gill’s daughter. She also happens to be Matt’s fiancé, and does her best to keep him in line! Sophia Habibi joined the Heart Failure team from CCU at the beginning of last summer. She has made a real impact on the team, and we send her the best of wishes for her wedding day in May. In September Ashley was given the title of Nurse Consultant, and we are all extremely proud of her! Margaret has joined us as Matt’s “right hand man” in the gym. She has many years of nursing experience under her tiny belt and is a trained smoking cessation advisor. She has proved to be an invaluable member of the team and we don’t know how we ever coped without her. We said goodbye to Rowan at the beginning of October as he moved away to be with his family in Manchester. Although we are missing him in the office, he is enjoying working in Cardiac Rehab up North, and he keeps in touch. It was a tough winter for Yeovil Hospital, but the department managed to maintain good spirits. We were short staffed but this is about to change as Ula will be coming to join us in May. Ula is a nurse who has previously worked on CCU and has a lot of cardiac experience. She is also a fluent Polish speaker, which will be a bonus to the team with our ever increasing number of Polish patients. Matt continues to expand and improve the way that the gym is run. The first group to go through the Strength Training programme with Matt has gone really well, and another group will be starting shortly – keep your eyes peeled for posters around the department. His weekly weigh in programme has added a much needed weight management dimension available to those who want it. A few changes to the Phase IV instructors: Phase IV Weds AM is now taken by Laura, Eddie late Phase IV on Thursday and Margaret has now taken on the Step Down Class on a Thursday morning. Unfortunately, as many of you know our dear Steph lost her bravely fought battle against cancer last year. As a lasting tribute to her, the unit has been re-named the Steph Talbot Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. Her husband John unveiled a plaque in the gym on Tuesday 29th May which was a touching evening and a fitting memorial to a wonderful woman and an inspirational nurse – we all miss her dreadfully but are determined that her memory will live on through the hard work of the unit. Volunteers We would like to thank John, Bill, Paul, Matt, Colin, Chrissy, Basher & George for their consistent support each week – we could not do what we do without you! Unfortunately both Iris and Ian have had to withdraw their services, but we would like to thank them for their endless hard work. Website Our website provides information for both patients and members of the public who wish to know more about the services that the Cardiac Rehab Unit proved. Please feel free to log on and have a browse: www.yeovilheartbeat.org.uk Merchandise We have a range of Yeovil Heartbeat merchandise available. This is displayed in the cabinet situated in the waiting area outside the Cardiac Rehab office or in the gym at Yeovil Hospital. If you would like to purchase any of the products please knock on the door of the office or speak to a member of the team. All profits made from merchandise sales will go directly to Yeovil Heartbeat and supporting the service that we provide to our patients. A Quick Note We are changing the way that the yearly newsletter is distributed. Paper copies will be distributed from both the gym and the office at Yeovil Hospital for all patients and their relatives, and a copy will also be uploaded to the website. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please notify Phil Eveleigh on the provided email address. If you would like a copy posted to your home, please send a self-addressed envelope to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Office at Yeovil District Hospital, and ensure that this is clearly marked ‘Newsletter’. The committee is always on the lookout help with fundraising events, so if anybody feels that they can spare a little of their time please get in touch with Phil Eveleigh. Contact details for any further information: firstname.lastname@example.org 01935 384884 Ashley, Lucy, Victoria, Helen, Laura, Sophia, Matt, Brett, Sandra & Izzy
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