Take Heart Southend is a Cardiac Support Group – Registered Charity No. 1023707

UPDATE – Meetings are held at Eastwood Community Centre Western Approaches Eastwood SS2 6XY. We meet every 2nd Thursday in the month except January.

Take Heart Southend
A Cardiac Support Group in Essex

Take Heart covers 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.

Liam and Jeard have raised over £1300 so far!
They ran the Brighton Marathon (26.2 miles) in April 2023
WBro. Bobby Berwick and his wife Laura
Presenting a cheque to our chairman Paul for £6,406.66. This amount was raised during his time as master of Ashingdon Lodge 9026
Long standing supporters of Take Heart are Frank and Betty James
Donating to Take Heart for years from the organisations they belong to. Colin thanking for their support and recent donations totalling £500
Colin receiving £750 from Adrian Pitts
2022 Captain of Southend Masonic Golf Society at their recent presentation lunch. The SMGS have been long time supporters of Take Heart.
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Take Heart - Support for the patient, carer or family members

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.

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Latest Chairman's Update (2022)

Christmas 2022 and we are still here. The last couple years has been tough for everyone and with the cost-of-living crisis looming who knows what will happen.

Take Heart is surviving but we have noticed a big change in people’s habits since covid. Some people still have not got the confidence to go out and mix. We now must treat covid as the new flu and providing you are up to date with your vaccinations there is nothing to fear.

Take Heart is run entirely by a dwindling band of volunteers. We do not have salaries to pay and unlike most big charities we do not have offices to pay for and maintain.

Yes our income came to a halt apart from a few donations but now we can look forward to getting back to some normality. Fortunately, our members are very supportive and the many Clubs, Lodges, Golf societies, Golf clubs and Rotary Clubs have not let us down over the last couple of difficult years. For
this we are truly grateful.

Our Pearl plus One Appeal is due to finish in 2023 we are nearly there; with one last push we hope to reach our target of £30K. When this is done we will then talk to the Cardiac Nurses and professionals to see what they need that would make their lives and the lives of their patients much better and a bit easier. This does not necessary mean spending many thousands on equipment
but possible many hundreds of pounds on many many smaller items. If you have had an experience at the Hospital or clinic that you thought “if only they had another one of them” or “if only they had a ????? then your experience as a patient would have been much better and made easier then write to Take Heart at: Take Heart 23 Audley Court Southend- on-Sea Essex SS1 2ZS or contact us with your suggestions and we will look into it.

We plan to have many outings in the coming year. Meals out, Days out and maybe a Holiday. If you are interested in any of these events and would like to receive the details nearer the time please fill out a “Declare an Interest Form” on our Upcoming Events page and we will keep you informed.

Paul Halley
(December 2022)

Words From Our Members