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                                    Take Heart?
        Donation to                                                                                               Chairman's

        Take Heart                                                                                                  AGM REPORT

                                    Take Heart is a charity set up 30 years ago by
                                    a small group who wished to give something
        Take Heart have             back to the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds
        received a donation         General Infirmary after successful treatment.
        of £760.00 from the         Since its inception, the charity has raised more
        Paypal Giving Fund.         than five million pounds and has made an             I didn’t anticipate it, but here we are again having our second annual AGM
                                    enormous difference for patients and staff alike.    virtually, courtesy of ‘microsoft teams’. Although it is disappointing we
        PayPal Giving Fund          The charity is most unusual in that there are        cannot meet up and have this meeting face to face it’s more important
        helps people support        no salaries paid to any staff – all trustees give    that we keep each other as safe as we can be.
        their favourite             their time voluntarily and only a tiny percentage
        charities online and        of donations is used for administration.
        helps charities raise                                                            Having said that the Trustees were      thanks to Alec and Trevor for their
        funds through PayPal.       The differences made are immediately apparent        able to see each other on screen to     roles in the office keeping up to date
                                    when you enter the Heart Centre. New modern          discuss our achievements over the       with admin tasks and recognition
        This donation will          furniture, decor and fittings, modern equipment,     last year and also hear the finance     to all our Trustees who have been
        help to support the         bedside television, radio, internet and even all     report from our Treasurer, Alec. It’s   helping with the newsletter. We have
        work of Take Heart          bedside landline telephone calls are provided        amazing to hear we have now raised      managed to deliver a number of
        for the benefit of          free by Take Heart. Superb accommodation is          more than £5 million over the years.    schemes including ECG equipment,
        patients and their          provided in the hospital free of charge by Take      It was also good to welcome one of      bladder scanner for the cardiac
        relatives in the            Heart for patient’s relatives who have distance      the LGI cardiology consultants,         wards, rehab equipment post cardiac
        Yorkshire Heart             to travel. Additional medical equipment is also      Dr Jenny Rossington, who                surgery, patient booklets and patient
        Centre.                     provided to enhance the treatment of patients as     specialises in coronary angioplasty     access to free TV to name but a
                                    is the provision of booklets for patients explaining   to talk about explain my procedure    few. However, none of this would
                                    procedures practised in the hospital. Staff areas    (see page 10).                          be possible without our members
                                    including reception desks, staff rooms and           As chair of the charity I would like    who I would like to thank for their
                                    cloakrooms have been refurbished. Take Heart         to thank the work of our Trustees       continuing support which is so
                                    also provide a roof garden adjacent to the heart     over the last year, they have done      gratefully received by patients and
                                    wards to give patients, relatives and staff a breath   an amazing job to keep the charity    staff.
                                    of fresh air. All this and so much more is provided   running, albeit slightly differently.
                                    with the generous donations received. So much        We do miss the stall and our regular
                                    so that staff have been overheard referring to       afternoon teas, not to mention the
                                    Take Heart as their own Fairy Godmother.
                                                                                         quiz and sponsored walk. However,
                                    We never fail to be touched by the                   Bill keeps our website up to date       Gina McGawley
                                    wonderful people who donate small and                so we have managed to share             Chairman
                                    larger amounts. Thank you so much.                   information during the year. Special
                                    Trevor Thompson, Editor

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