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WHAT IS                                        YOUR

      Take Heart?                                    WILL

                                                     No one likes to think of
                                                     death, but we have been
      Take Heart is a charity set up 30 years ago by   contacted recently by
      a small group who wished to give something     several members asking
      back to the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds    how to go about leaving
      General Infirmary after successful treatment.   a legacy to Take Heart in
      Since its inception, the charity has raised more   their will. Indeed, we have
      than five million pounds and has made an       been touched and moved
      enormous difference for patients and staff alike.   by the generosity of some
      The charity is most unusual in that there are no   members who have left
      salaries paid to any staff – all trustees give their   us both small and large
      time voluntarily and only a tiny percentage    amounts.
      of donations is used for administration.
                                                     When this happens, while
      The differences made are immediately apparent   mourning the passing of
      when you enter the Heart Centre. New           our friends, the legacies
      modern furniture, decor and fittings, modern   have enabled us to make
      equipment, bedside television, radio, internet   major improvements to
      and even all bedside landline telephone        the Yorkshire Heart Centre
      calls are provided free by Take Heart. Superb   which benefits all patients.
      accommodation is provided in the hospital free
      of charge by Take Heart for patient’s relatives   If you are thinking about
      who have distance to travel. Additional medical   mentioning Take Heart in
      equipment is also provided to enhance the      your will and are unsure
      treatment of patients as is the provision of   about procedures, our
      booklets for patients explaining procedures    Honorary Solicitor,
      practised in the hospital. Staff areas including   Tom Morrish of Morrish
      reception desks, staff rooms and cloakrooms    Solicitors, LLP, can provide
      have been refurbished. Take Heart also provide   free initial ‘advice only’
      a roof garden adjacent to the heart wards to   to members prior to any
      give patients, relatives and staff a breath of   decisions being made.
      fresh air. All this and so much more is provided   He can be contacted by
      with the generous donations received. So much   telephone at their Yeadon
      so that staff have been overheard referring to   Office on 033 3344 9609.
      Take Heart as their own Fairy Godmother.
      We never fail to be touched by the             Thank you
      wonderful people who donate small and
      larger amounts. Thank you so much.             Editor
      Trevor Thompson, Editor

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