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TAKE HEART
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The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre
TAKE HEART
JOHN GORE CLIMBING MOUNTAINS In June, 1999, I had heart valve replacement surgery in The Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary. After a quick return to fitness, I set myself a target to climb the 214 Wainwright mountains in the Lake District within 5 years of my operation. Having accomplished this in June, 2004, I gave myself a further challenge, this being to climb them for a second time by different routes where possible, before my 65th birthday in February, 2008. I reached this objective in October, 2007. My passion for walking the mountains never diminished and I continued scaling the heights and now have just 4 Wainwright peaks to climb in order to complete the 214 for the third time. I shall reach my goal in spring of this year, the plan being to climb the last one with some members of the family, and to have a little celebration to mark the achievement! FUNDRAISING Lots of people have encouraged me to spread the word of my achievements and hopefully raise money for some good causes.  I have chosen the following three very deserving charities. 1.  The British Heart Foundation  which funds research and education into fighting heart and circulatory disease. It also provides life saving equipment to help heart patients. 2.  Take Heart is a charity run on a completely voluntary basis and raises money for the Yorkshire Heart Centre to fund projects and provide the best possible comfort for patients and their families. 3.  The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria. It coordinates the development of operational matters as well as the day to day running of an efficient voluntary rescue service. Obviously, I personally owe a huge amount of gratitude to the first two organisations. I have fortunately never needed the help of the third but I know what an amazing job they do in the area where I live and fully deserve all the help and support that we can give them. If you would like to mark my achievements by supporting these three charities, that would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks - John Congratulations John - what a magnificent effort. We really appreciate what you are doing and rest assured that every donation made to Take Heart will make a difference to patients and staff in the Yorkshire Heart Centre here in Leeds General Infirmary.  Colin Pullan, MBE - Chairman IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO JOHN - CLICK THE HEART > A Walk!  (Done - see end of article) Having climbed Kili and trekked to Everest Base Camp I thought my next challenge should be a little closer to home and have decided to walk....yes WALK.... from Lands End to John O'Groats with a few foolhardy friends. We rather appropriately leave on April Fools day 2017 and will take approximately 3 months to walk over 1,300 miles, following as best as possible the recognised long distance footpaths. We will be making use of the YHA's, B&B's and any friends’ floor that we happen to pass en route. I am fund raising for two charities, both close to my heart:  Take Heart:         http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoanneChapman3 A small charity with a massive heart, based at Leeds General Infirmary. I have a personal reason for supporting this particular charity as my Dad had a triple heart by-pass operation at LGI a few years ago and the charity supported my Mum through this very difficult time, both emotionally and practically. They do fabulous work at the hospital both for the patients and the staff. The charity is run by volunteers and only a tiny percentage is spent on admin with the vast majority of the fund raising going towards better facilities, new equipment, free TV and phone calls for the in-patients and even a roof garden. Classrooms in the Clouds:           http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-LEJOG-2017 I have supported CitC ever since meeting and trekking with Dawa Geljen Sherpa in Nepal. I have seen at first hand the fabulous work that the charity does in building schools in remote mountain regions and providing the teachers for the children, many of whom would remain uneducated if it were not for this charity. The devastating earthquakes in 2015 reduced many of the schools to rubble and a huge programme of rebuilding is on-going, supported by Classrooms in the Clouds.  Your donations to either of these charities will have a huge and immediate effect on the work that they do so please dig deep and support me in my latest and longest trekking venture. Thank you - Joanne xx What a wonderful project Joanne. I see from Virgin Giving that you are well on your way to your Take Heart target of £1500.00 before you have even started. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it. Colin Pullan, MBE Chairman E-Mail 30 June: 1,235 miles - 90 days - £3,200 between 2 charities - 5 pairs of boots  - 2 aching feet - 0 blisters   WE'VE FINISHED!! LEJOG End to End officially ended at 4pm on Thursday 29th June 2017 when we rounded Duncansby Head (the most north easterly point in the British Isles) and walked to the signpost at John O'Groats. Huge thanks for all your support. Jo xx ----------------------------------- Jacqui Turner My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JacquiTurner Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. This summer I'm walking the coast to coast path of 192 miles with a small group of friends. I initially signed up to do this as a personal challenge, but in February this year a close friend sadly lost her husband Gary following a heart attack. So in his memory, I am now looking to raise some funds for a small local charity, Take Heart, that does fantastic work in supporting people and their friends affected by heart problems. Please have a look at their website to see the great work they do. I have also added a piece written by Gary's daughter Jenny, as a tribute to him. Thanks - Jacqui Many thanks Jacqui . This is really appreciated - Alec McLean, Treasurer                             ************* Sue Matthews will be running in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K run on 9th July 2017 and proceeds will go to Take Heart If you would like to read Sue’s story about how she started running - click here: Thank you so much Sue - You will make a difference for patients in the Yorkshire Heart Centre. - Bill Stevenson, Trustee If you would like to take part in an event and sponsor Take Heart, then here is what to do: 1. Send us an e-mail to tell us about yourself and the event. If there are special reasons for sponsoring us, tell us about this as well. 2. Click on the Virgin Giving logo below and follow the instructions there. You'll need to fill in the online forms with your details and some photos as well. 3. Send an e-mail to us to tell us your Virgin page address so that we can mention it here on the website with a link to it. Tell your friends and relatives about it and point them to your special page on the Virgin Giving web site. If you have any problems with that, please e-mail Bill Stevenson, our IT Manager and he will do his best to help. The special e-mail address for sponsorship is sponsor@takeheart.net
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Absolutely amazing feat Jo - Very many congratulations.  Your e-mail came through just as I was amending the proof of our latest newsletter from the printer so I have added a "Stop Press" to the foot of one of the pages about your little stroll...... Well done and many thanks from us all. It is much appreciated. Kind regards, Bill Stevenson ------------------------------------