Yeovil Heartbeat
Yeovil Heartbeat

News & Events 2020


A Poem during lockdown



For those of you who are unaware

Mother Nature is just out there,

Beautiful spring flowers beckon your gaze

As she invites you to join her, during, this wonderful phase

Daffodils, and Primroses are all around,

A cacophony of bird song adds a wonderful sound

Nodding daffodils stand tall and slim seeming to say,

Don’t worry you will soon be back at the gym

Meanwhile, the days are getting longer,

And the sun is shining stronger

We will meet again,

Until then walk along with nature,

Down the country lane.



By Val Northam April 2020


A Summer Serenade

''The Charity Singers' will be holding a charity event entitled 'A Summer Serenade' at 2.30pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022 at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, Yeovil. They will be raising funds for Yeovil Heartbeat, Hospice and Breast Cancer Unit.

Cost is £10 per ticket, available on the door and this includes tea and cakes. All will be welcome.


It should be noted that this event is not being organised by Yeovil Heartbeat but we will benefit from it.

Steph Talbot

Unfortunately, as many of you know, our dear Steph lost her bravely-fought battle against cancer in 2017.

As a lasting tribute to her, the unit has been renamed The Steph Talbot Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit.

Her husband, John, unveiled a plaque in the gym on Tuesday 29th May 2018 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 her memory will live on through the hard work of the unit!

Forthcoming Events


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 (, 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



Christmas Dinner Dance

The Christmas Dinner Dance has been cancelled for this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Christmas Band Concert

The concert has also been cancelled for this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Christmas Draw

The Christmas draw has also been cancelled for this year for the same reason.



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.


We would like to thank John, Bill, Paul, Nige, Dave, Graham, 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.


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:


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:

01935 384884

Ashley, Lucy, Victoria, Helen, Laura, Sophia, Matt, Brett, Sandra & Izzy

We are located at:

Yeovil District Hospital,

Higher Kingston,


BA21 4AT

Contact us today!

If you have any queries, please contact us:

(01935) 384884 or 384925


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