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The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre
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: 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:  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. 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: 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
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Well done and many thanks from us all. It is much appreciated. ------------------------------------
         IAN RAYNER Ian wrote to us as follows: This year I'm planning two marathons. LT in Coniston in June and a road effort in Chicago in October. My last attempt at a marathon was 3 years ago again on the Lakeland Trails event in Coniston. Fair to say on the day things didn't exactly go to plan, so there is definitely unfinished business. A short while after my last attempt I spent a few weeks within the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary. During that stay I fully realised just how much Take Heart do for the Patients, Visitors, and Staff of this great department. Heart disease has affected my life previously, having lost my own Father-in-Law, and a very good friend Kevin, well before their time should have been up. My mother also battled for many years and had cause to thank both the LGI and Take Heart many times before finally leaving us aged 86. I would dedicate this attempt to all 3, and hope to make it a fitting tribute to them. If you can spare any amount, however small, I promise you Take Heart will make good use of it. It is entirely staffed by volunteers with only small admin costs. In the 27 years since it's inception the charity has raised over £3million, all put to good use for the Yorkshire heart Centre. My Father-in-Law, (mentioned above),  was Ken Lillie, who was a founder member of Take Heart at Killingbeck Hospital What a fantastic effort Ian - we really appreciate it and wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.   If you would like to sponsor Ian, Click the heart  >>>>>