The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre



Founder of the Take Heart Charity

in Leeds General Infirmary

Colin Pullan was an ambulance Driver in Leeds and while serving, had heart problems which necessitated by-pass Surgery in 1988. He was well cared for by hospital staff, but after 6 weeks was dismayed to learn that there would be no further follow-up. He had befriended others in the same position and they kept contact. This developed into meetings in a pub when they decided to form a club to support ex cardiac patients. Colin decided to form a charity so that funds could be raised and together with some hospital staff including Philip Kay, a cardiac surgeon, Take Heart was born. Small donations were made and the first things bought were exercise machines and patients were invited to a course of keeping fit after their surgery. Take Heart grew rapidly and every donation has been spent on the Heart patients, wards and staff of the Yorkshire Heart Centre in LGI. The charity provides free bedside TV and phone calls for all heart in-patients, medical equipment for staff and even furniture and decor for the heart wards. One major provision is free accommodation for out-of-town relatives of heart surgical patients. In October 2002, Colin was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen in Buckingham Palace. Take Heart has gone from strength to strength with more than 5000 members enrolling and is unique in that it has no paid staff. All trustees give their services voluntarily. Colin passed away in Leeds General Infirmary in 7th April 2022. He leaves wife Mary and daughter Jackie. Mary continues to reside in the Pudsey care home which she had shared with Colin. Thousands of people have expressed grateful thanks to Colin and he will be sadly missed. Alec McLean, Treasurer Dozens of people filled the crematorium in Rawdon for Colin’s funeral confirming the esteem in which he was held. Colin’s life was outlined and moving stories and tributes were given which confirmed what an exceptional human being he was. He has left a gaping hole in our lives. Bill Stevenson