Well, what a year, I’m sure that you all had plans for 2020. Your team at TAKE HEART certainly had some great events lined up, but this Virus has put paid to any plans we had as we have had to suspend all activities. We are keeping in touch with Eastwood Community Hall to try and get our meetings back onto the diary of those members that can attend; unfortunately having a monthly meeting seems still some way off from happening. As the committee we are not looking at another meeting, this side of Christmas, I know it is some way off, but unfortunately this does seem to be the most likely scenario at this time. We will be producing a Christmas magazine, but we will not be having a Christmas draw. Sorry.
Fortunately we are run by volunteers and do not have large expenses such as rent and salaries and therefore financially we just stand still. Unlike most big charities who have many paid staff and large office blocks they are the ones that are suffering.
Yes our income has ground to a halt apart from the odd donation but we will survive this and come back even stronger.
A lot of clubs and Lodges who had pledged to support us this year have indicated that support will run for an extra year, for that we are grateful. One such Lodge Rochford Daylight No.9820 has nominated Take Heart to receive a donation from their charity fund of £500 and by doing so the Essex Freemasons’ Community Fund is to match it, so we are to receive a total of £1,000.00. We are grateful for this wonderful gift and grateful for local Freemasons for their continued support over the years.
Likewise the Rochford Rotary Club No. 1557 was to support us from their charity golf day (which our chairman usually puts a team in). This was to take place on the 5th June and was cancelled due to the virus. The good news is that they have rearrange it under special conditions, to take place on Friday 11th September 2020 at Rochford Golf Club and yes they are full with 100 players which includes a strong team lead by our Chairman. So watch this space for the results and some photos.
Take Heart Pearl Appeal
Our 30th year anniversary, “Pearl Appeal” which aimed to raise £30,000 by 2021 has now been renamed “Pearl PlusOne Appeal” due to the virus and with the extension we will soon get back on track to reach that target with everyone’s continued support.
STAY SAFE and hopefully we will see you all soon albeit next year.
Founded in 1991 by a group of people who simply wanted to help each other, a sentiment we have kept alive every day since we began. Support comes in many forms and we lead by example, to prove there is life after a heart attack.
Heart Disease can have a tremendous impact on the entire family. Someone who has experienced heart health events is undoubtedly in a better position to offer comfort and hope to those recovering or living with heart problems. Take Heart is a cardiac support group covering the areas of Southend, Castle Point, Rayleigh and Rochford, Essex. Our aim is to offer a support network for all who have become affected by Cardiac problems whether as a patient, carer or family members. We are a non-medical voluntary group here to help you consider a new approach to life both during and after cardiac problems, in order to restore you to a more active life.
At Take Heart we like to take a positive view, after all life is for living and should be enjoyed as best we can. By meeting with people who understand you by using their own personal experiences, Take Heart can show you there is hope for a brighter future. Our community is here for you, covering all aspects of heart health matters from blood pressure to heart transplants so feel free to contact us today. We offer FREE membership, monthly meetings, quarterly magazines and a range of social events throughout the year. We have learned to enjoy ourselves here at Take Heart and in doing so we help others do the same.
Take Heart Southend has regular events and meetings to keep our members entertained and informed. We have regular outings to add a supportive and friendly social element. We also hold meetings that can give more information on Heart Disease along with other interesting topics.
If you would like to find out more about upcoming events and meetings please click on the image to the right to view our most recent newsletter
For me, Take Heart is full of memorable moments such as the overnight trip to The Thursford Christmas Spectacular and a wonderful holiday to Ireland.
We joined Take Heart after my late husband’s heart attack 15 years ago and have been on many outings and trips over the years. We always look forward to receiving the Magazine and reading the jokes which would cheer us up. Now I am on my own I know I will get a warm welcome from Take Heart at any of there events.