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Colin                                                                              Hi Take Heart

      Gledhill                                                                           Kathryn Tweede and I attended the

                                                                                         M&K Training and Development course
                                                                                         Cardiac Pacing for Nurses on 7th June
                                                                                         which was kindly funded by the Take
                                                                                         Heart charity.
                                                                                         This course provided the essential knowledge
                                                                                         to effectively manage a patient throughout
                                                                                         the life cycle of pacemaker / implantable
                                                                                         cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
      During his lifetime, Mr Colin Gledhill was   from the hearse onto a boat which in turn
      a very popular man and this was reflected   was loaded onto a trailer and pulled by   The course included temporary pacing which
      in the amount of money (£1,425.00)    another vehicle. The empty hearse was        the majority of cardiac surgical patients will
      donated to Take Heart at his funeral. He   then filled with blown-up balloons and   remember is the box attached to wires coming
      was known locally as "THE BALLOON     a sweepstake was held on the day to see      from the bottom of their wound. We also
      MAN", a profession in which he found   who could guess how many balloons           learned more about the different types of
      himself when he had to close the family   were in the hearse. The winner (Colin’s   pacemakers available and the different rhythm
      delicatessen business due to supermarkets   granddaughter Beau) kindly donated her   problems which indicate what type of device
      supplying such goods.                 winnings to Take Heart. Colin’s home was     is best. It was really interesting to see how
                                            next to the cricket ground so the funeral    the size of pacemakers has changed over the
      To obtain all his skills needed within the   procession went round the perimeter   years. Now some pacemakers are the size of a
      balloon industry, Colin underwent all the                                          pound coin!
      training, and in time his balloons adorned   of the ground before moving off to the
      the opening and finish of the London                                               It was a great refresher for both of us and
      Marathon!                             The perimeter of the cricket ground was      also taught us some new things about pacing
                                            full of friends who paid their last respects,   patients.
      Colin had always stated that if anything   letting off confetti canons all around the
      happened to him, he wanted his                                                     These courses are great for the clinical team
      funeral to be a happy event. Under the   ground.                                   to attend as we always learn something new
      circumstances (caused by the coronavirus   Since the funeral, the family has arranged   which we can then share with our ward staff.
      pandemic), alas only a handful of people   a “Day of Fun” to celebrate his life and this
      were able to attend.                  was held on Sunday the 29th August at        We would both like to say a big thank you
                                            the Cricket ground. The day ended with a     to Take Heart for funding this course for us
      That didn't stop everyone who loved and   fantastic firework display arranged by the   and we would like other staff to attend other
      knew him paying their respects though.   undertaker who was also a pyro technician   training to improve our overall practice and
      People lined the funeral procession route   (firework expert) and some of Colin's ashes   enable us to provide the best care for our
      along the way waving Union Jack Flags,   were fired into space in a rocket.        patients on Ward L16.
      applauding as the hearse passed.
                                            Colin always wanted to go out with a bang.    Many thanks from
      At his funeral, his coffin was decorated   And he certainly did!
      with bright balloons and the top had a                                             Vicki Bentley Senior Sister L16 and
      Union Jack. The coffin was transferred   MRS JUNE GLEDHILL                         Sister Kathryn Tweede L16.

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