Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex - Latest News
9th of December 2019
We helped 'Singing for Pleasure' a few years ago with one of our grants and it's great to learn that they are thriving and changing peoples' lives.
“We thought you would like to know that our group is still going strong. We get between 30 and 40 each week and we have a lot of fun! We get really good feedback from singers, ranging from “It always cheers me up” to “You saved my life” from a lady who started to come soon after being widowed. To begin with she often shed tears about songs she sang with her late husband but now she meets other singers for coffee and has made firm friends with others. We love what we do!
Roger and Sheila Sharman”
19th of November 2019
We thought we should share with our supporters some of the positive feedback we receive from people who apply for and receive grants from West Sussex Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex. Recently, our Charity paid for members of the NHS Trust’s Cardiac Rehab team to attend a British Association for Cardiovasular Prevention and Rehabilitation Conference in London. Nicola Bean has sent us the following message:
'Just wanted to say thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend this year’s BACPR conference on Cardio vascular prevention and rehabilitation it was an inspiring few days with some great motivational speakers I think we all came away excited about future innovations in cardiac Rehab.
Many thanks - Nicky Bean'
Remember - none of this would be possible without your continuing support!
28th of October 2019
£10,000 lottery funding is now in the CRSWS account and will pay the initial costs of our Cardiac Outreach Project.
As a first step, a contract has been agreed with an internet company that can provide cardiac patients with safe exercise programmes they can do in their own homes.
Four exercise groups in new locations are also in the planning stage and funds will be available to pay for transport to sessions for those patients who have mobility problems that would make it difficult for them to attend otherwise.
The Trustees have put aside resources to continue all of these initiatives should they prove successful.
The Charity has also recently approved two applications for grants, namely: the funding of cardiac training for an instructor at a local gym and the purchase of a replacement treadmill at Southlands Hospital.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Support West Sussex (CRSWS) is to receive £10,000 of funding from the Lottery to help launch a range of new services for cardiac patients in West Sussex.
Currently older and more frail cardiac patients recovering in the community may not be able
to access rehab sessions because of restricted mobility or poor access to public transport.
But, with funding from the National Lottery, CRSWS will be working in partnership with the
Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab Team at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
to tackle this problem.
The Charity plan to use Lottery funding and their own resources to set up exercise groups in
new locations; fund transport for patients who have poor mobility or disabilities;
and, provide resources to enable cardiac patients to undertake comprehensive exercise sessions
safely in their own homes.
Hayley Fairclough, Lead Physiotherapist for Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab at Worthing Hospital
‘As a result of this project over 500 people a year with heart problems will be able to access rehabilitation sessions regardless of mobility or disability. This project will considerably increase the life chances of particularly vulnerable patients recovering from heart problems"
More news soon....
New AED at Littlehampton Health Centre
The Physiotherapy department at Littlehampton Health Centre took delivery
of an automated external defibrillator this month which was funded by
Cardiac Rehabilitation Support West Sussex (CRSWS).
Lesley Hinton, WSHT resuscitation officer, shown handing over the defib above -
came over to provide training for the staff based at this satellite site used by
Western physiotherapy service. James Barclay, team lead physiotherapist said
" we are very grateful to the charity for providing this vital piece of equipment.
It is very reassuring to know that if the worst happens we are now in a good position
to provide immediate emergency assistance whilst we await the arrival of an
ambulance. A great big thank you to CRSWS for providing this."
Fun Walk 2019
There won’t be a Fun Walk in 2019. We have organised a sponsored annual walk every year for 12 years now and many thanks to everyone who has taken part. But, rising costs and falling receipts have meant that we need to look at alternative ways of raising money for Cardiac Rehab Support. So we are going to break with tradition and perhaps think again in 2020.
But watch this space, as we are putting together some ambitious and exciting new ideas for helping heart patients in West Sussex and we are now exploring different sources of funding. More to follow….
And, if you have thoughts as to how we can raise money, do let the Trustees know.
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