The gallery below shows the Cardiac Rehab Christmas Card selection for 2018.
They are priced at £3.60 for a pack of 10 cards with envelopes.
Please pop into the centre to purchase your cards or download an order form below:
The gallery below shows the Cardiac Rehab Christmas Card selection for 2018.
They are priced at £3.60 for a pack of 10 cards with envelopes.
Please pop into the centre to purchase your cards or download an order form below:
Sue Bennett and Julie Poynter will be cycling 360KM – Coast to Coast across Costa Rica - to raise funds for Cardiac Rehab
This is an amazing opportunity to cycle 360KM through one of Central America's most fascinating countries. Our route takes us from Parismina on the eastern Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast.
Along the way we'll experience breath taking scenery, exotic Caribbean culture and abundant wildlife before finishing in San Jose.
You can sponsor Sue & Julie by calling into the Cardiac Rehab Centre or online at:
"The Tour d' France is out of our league. We are a couple of intrepid adventurers with a passion for cycling. This is a huge challenge…. I didn't even know where Costa Rica was in the world!"
"In this nine-day adventure we cycle from coast to coast (across Costa Rica) to raise funds for Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehab"
Hugh Bethell, Clinical Director of the Cardiac Rehab Staywell programme writes:
"Congratulations to John Hayman on his one hundredth birthday – and congratulations for continuing to keep fit with us at such an age. John is our first centenarian exerciser but I am sure that he will not be the last – and nor should he be!
The benefits of regular exercise are legion. It reduces the risk of a large number of medical conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer, osteoporosis, falls and fractures. Moreover exercise is a highly effective treatment for any of these conditions once they have developed. Regular exercise lengthens lifespan but more importantly it reduces the duration of ill health and dependency at the end of life. This period of ill health and weakness is known as frailty and is an increasing cause of inability to self-care in the twilight years. It matters little if a 50 year old is thirty percent less fit than is possible, but for the eighty or ninety year old it may make the difference between being able to perform normal activities of daily living (getting up and dressed, washing, cooking etc) or needing a carer to help retain independence. Often this level of disability leads to admission to a care home.
The Department of Health has made recommendations for the level of physical activity for maintaining good health. Only about 30% of the general population meet these recommendations and the percentage falls steadily with increasing age. By the age of 75 the figure has fallen to 6%! This is very disappointing because the older we get the more important exercise becomes if we are to have a happy, healthy, active and independent old age.
The Cardiac Rehab Staywell programme is only one way for older people to maintain physical fitness. Walking for Health, the Sports Centre Health and Fun Club, the GP Referral for Exercise scheme are some of the alternatives. However if anyone does wish to join our programme, please contact us on 01420 544794 for more details."
New Steady & Strong Class - Thursday 12.45 - 1.45pm
''Learn how to get to and from the floor safely. This class incorporates essential floor work exercises (approx.20 minutes of floorwork) to build strength for the legs, backs and upper body. Floor exercises to challenge balance, improve mobility and flexibility are also included. Within the hour, other exercises include use of the stability ball with the aim of improving balance and strength''. Band resistance work to correct round shoulders and strengthen back muscles. Class size is limited to 12.
The Cardiac Rehab Golf Society is in its 14th year of providing good quality golf for their members whilst making considerable donations to the Alton Cardiac Rehab Charity.
Over the years the Golf Society has been able to fund the purchase of several state of the art items of equipment for the gymnasium, to aid the recovery from, and prevention of, cardiac conditions.
Members of the society do not have to be sufferers of any such condition, and see themselves as being charitable contributors to a worthy cause, whilst being able to enjoy their favourite sport. Equally supportive are the top quality golf courses such as Alresford, Petersfield, Blackmoor, and East Berks, among the 8 meetings each year, all of whom make every effort to make the society day most enjoyable.
Sunday 9th September, 3 - 7pm, at The Fur & Feathers, Herriard.
Gary Myles - The one man jukebox - Music for all genres - Definitely not to be missed!
Only £10.00 a ticket to include Spit Roast (Veg Option) & Salads.
TUESDAY 2.30 - 3.30pm & THURSDAY 4.15 - 5.15pm
Heartbeat is a dance inspired fitness class for those that love to move to great tunes while getting fit.
You don't have to able to dance to come along, just bring a smile and plenty of enthusiasm!
Tel. 01420 544794 for further information and to book a space.
On the 21st July Sandra will begin the challenge of cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Over 14 days she will cycle 1000 miles and over 50,000 ft ascent..... Phew!
You can sponsor Sandra at the Cardiac Rehab Reception, or, via mydonate - please click on the link below:
Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to take part in our Treasure Trail this week and for letting us know how much fun you had, even though you got wet!
Thank you also to our fabulous cake bakers. The cakes and biscuits were very much appreciated by all and together with donations we raised just under £100 for the charity.
The treasure trail answers can be viewed below:
The winning teams were as follows:
Finkley Down Farm Tickets - Team Bax
New Forest Wildlife Park Tickets - The Boots
Bocketts Farm Tickets - Shooting Star
Watercress Line Tickets - The Sparkles
We are so pleased to be able to tell you about our Staywell Schools Campaign which was launched in January. Cardiac Rehab have teamed up with 8 local schools and have been attending assemblies to talk about how we can look after our hearts.
Taking heart health education into schools is so very important and will enable the children to make healthy choices and understand their bodies.
During the spring and summer terms the children will be learning about:
As well as 7 local Primary schools, Amery Hill Secondary School have signed up to become a 'Staywell School'.Students from Year 8 will be visiting the centre to learn about the heart.They will then feed what they have learnt back to the participating primary schools.
Denise & Sally visit Amery Hill School to talk about Healthy Hearts.
Sponsor a Staywell School
As part of the campaign the children will be holding fundraising events such as 'wear red' days, when the children will pay £1 to take part, to raise money for Cardiac Rehab.
The fundraising focus is that it costs £300 to help one local person, who is at risk of developing heart disease, on our Staywell Programme.
If you would like to help the children raise funds for Cardiac Rehab, then please go to http://mydonate.bt.com/events/staywellschoolscampaign/461250
The amount you donate will then be entered onto a brick on the Staywell Schools Poster in the Cardiac Rehab reception.
It's easier to Staywell than Getwell!
People in their 70s urged to take up shingles vaccine offer
People in their 70s are being urged to protect themselves against shingles with a free vaccine.
GP practices across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are offering the vaccination as part of the NHS shingles vaccination programme for 2017/18, which began on 1 September 2017.All eligible people are encouraged to book an appointment with their GP practice for their free shingles vaccination.
By the end of August 2017, not even half of all eligible 70 year olds in the Wessex area had been vaccinated against shingles but the NHS is encouraging everyone who is offered the vaccine to take it up.
Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox.Most people have chickenpox as children, but the infection lays dormant in the nervous system, even after recovery from the illness.This can reactivate later in life when the immune system is weakened to cause shingles.
As people get older their immune system naturally weakens; which is why those aged 70 and over are more likely to get shingles.
Shingles is a very itchy, painful, burning group of blisters. Shingles can be very painful and debilitating and because it reactivates in the nervous system, it can lead to nerve pain and other health problems long after the initial rash has disappeared.The rash commonly affects one area of the body, often the chest, but it can also affect any nerves - including those in the face and eyes - and can last up to four weeks.
However for some people, pain can persist for several months, or even years, after the rash has disappeared.
Complications of shingles can be also be fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop the illness which is why it is so important that eligible people take up the offer and get vaccinated against the virus.
Cardiac Rehab Trustee, Dr Dominic Kelly, is talking about advances and improvements in heart disease ....
Many Congratulations to Sandra, Charlotte, Julie and Stephanie who have all recently completed training courses and achieved top marks in their individual subjects.
Sandra can now provide training in the following areas:
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at WorkImmediate Management of Anaphylaxis
Charlotte is passionate about making a difference to health.
She started studying for a Masters Degree 5 years ago when she was living in Oman. She continued her studies when she returned to the UK, on the 'distance learning' course with Manchester University.
Charlotte joined the team at Cardiac Rehab, as a qualified BACPR P.IV Exercise Instructor, two years ago. Since then she has been juggling her work and studies, as well as looking after her two children, Dulcie and Fin.
Julie and Stephanie, Cardiac Rehab Exercise Instructors, have recently qualified as Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Instructors.
This is an area we have been wanting to move into for some time.
We will keep you posted as to when these classes are up and running!
The Cardiac Rehab Centre's facilities are available to hire year-round. The Centre is purpose-built and is located beside the Alton Sports Centre. There is a private Car Park with Disabled Spaces next to the entrance.
Our Lecture Theatre can be arranged in either classroom or theatre style and can seat up to 80. The hire charge is £25.00 per hour.
For evening and weekend hire the Lecture Theatre can be opened out into the Reception area, providing seating for a further 20 people.
The use of the Kitchen facilities including crockery is included in the hire charge.
Our Meeting Room is multi-functional and can comfortably seat 12 and is modern and light. The hire charge is £10.00 per hour.
Please visit out Centre Facilities page for further information.
Over 120 people attended The Alton Maltings on Friday last where they were treated to an evening of Folk and Classic Rock Music. The pub style atmosphere was alive with people dancing and singing along to classic hits from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and many more big time bands.
A huge thank you to the band members of 'Arod' and 'Not Quite Vicky' who helped organise the event and gave their time for free. Thanks also to The Alton Maltings for hosting the evening, and to Triple fff Brewery who donated the beer. Both the 'Alton Pride' and 'Moondance' went down extremely well! Finally, thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the night.
We are very pleased to advise that £1,200 was raised for Cardiac Rehab.
Nikki Radcliffe, Cardiac Rehab's new CEO, popped down to Worldham Golf club on 12th October to say a hearty thank you to the Alton Lions Club. Their annual Golf tournament raised an impressive £2,200 for Cardiac Rehab. The Tournament, now in its tenth year, takes place at Test Valley Golf Club with an impressive line-up of pro-amateur golfers. The day was won by Les' Misérables. They hope to hang onto their crown in 2018 to become Less Misérables!
Wow! Thank you, to the Victorian Cricket committee and all the supporters for their hard work in achieving what was an amazing result - £10,000!!
We were bowled over this week when the team visited the centre to present the cheque. What a surprise. Thank you so much to all for nominating and choosing Cardiac Rehab as the charity this year.
The money donated will make a big difference in helping us to help those who will benefit from the services we offer.
£10,000 helps us to support over 30 more people at higher risk of developing heart disease through our Staywell Programme.
Once again on behalf of the Trustees, staff and those who will benefit from your generosity – thank you.
Martin Lovell, Cardiac Rehab General Manager, accepts a cheque from the staff at Alton Sainsburys. As the chosen local charity of the year, Cardiac Rehab is extremely grateful to receive such a fantastic sum from Alton Sainsburys.
"We are dedicated to improving the heart health, fitness and wellbeing of those with and those at risk of heart disease. This year Cardiac Rehab will need an income of over £300.000 to break even. Although we host the NHS cardiology team at the centre, we receive no funding from the NHS nor from local or national government. We are therefore reliant on our supporters and fundraising activities. We would like to extend a hugh thank you to all of the Sainsbury's staff and customer's for your support."
The Centre will be closed for one day, on Saturday 22nd July, for Electrical Installation Testing.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Cardiac Rehab Cycle Group enjoying the sunshine on their first outing of 2017.
Cycling UK member Mike Hutchinson was among those taking part in the first ride of the year in mid-March – a 13-mile loop in glorious sunshine from the Alton Cardiac Rehab centre in Chawton Park Road through the rolling Hampshire hills, passing Jane Austen's former home along the way.
To encourage more Cardiac Rehab exercisers to join them, a new cycle storage shelter will soon be installed at the centre, thanks to funding organised by Cycling UK in partnership with My Journey Hampshire.
Read the full story by clicking on the link below....
CARDIAC REHAB CHARITY SHOP CLOSING DOWN
The trading environment in Alton has been difficult for a number of years, and last year's flood further damaged an already weak trading position. Although trading has marginally improved, despite additional marketing, the shop sales have not picked up as hoped. All efforts to reduce expenditure were unsuccessful and therefore not enough to turn the tide, leaving the trustees faced with little room for manoeuvre. As company directors and charity trustees, the board have been very aware and mindful of their legal and moral responsibilities, and are saddened that having had a presence in the town for so many years they have had to take this very difficult decision.
Martin Lovell, General Manager of Cardiac Rehab said "everyone has worked so hard to try to find a solution to the problems the shop has faced, and this decision is particularly hard on the very loyal staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make the shop a success, I want, on behalf of the trustees and myself, pay tribute to their dedication and effort. We would also like to thank those loyal customers and supporters who have donated and bought goods from the shop over many years.
Cardiac Rehab established the Charity shop in Alton in the early days of the Charity, firstly on Crown Hill and, since 2004, on Market Street. The Cardiac Rehab shop was set up as part of the charity's trading subsidiary with the objective to generate profits to donate tax free to the charity, to support the work that it does.
It is particularly sad that Cardiac Rehab, a local charity serving local people, will no longer have a town centre presence. Cardiac Rehab continues to provide the essential and life-enhancing services it does, to its many exercisers at its specialist centre off Chawton Park Road, and the programmes that Cardiac Rehab provide are not under threat, however it still very much needs the local support that it has received.
Cardiac Rehab receives contributions from the exercisers who use its services, but most of its funds are raised through donations and the events it runs. The charity receives no funding from government or the NHS and so the income it needs to maintain the services it provides comes primarily from the generosity of the local community.
Heart disease remains one of the single biggest killers in the UK with on average 435 people each day losing their lives to cardiovascular disease. Cardiac Rehab is playing its part in improving the health, fitness and well-being of those with or those at risk of developing heart disease. Cardiac Rehab can do more, and wishes to do more, but does need the continuing support of the community to meet its annual running costs, which this year will be over £300,000.
"A fantastic night was had by all who attended the Cardiac Rehab Valentines Ball, last Saturday (18th February) held at the Alton Maltings. The guests generously supported the black tie event, one of the major fundraisers of the year for the Charity.
Martin Lovell General Manager said "without funding from government or the NHS we very much rely on events such as this to support what we do. We are so grateful for the generosity of those who came along and all the individuals and organisations that supported the event through donations and sponsorship, and helped us to raise over £8,000." Cardiac Rehab is a local charity serving the local community, providing controlled, monitored and supervised exercise for those with and those at risk of heart disease. Martin went on to say "Our income comes partially from exerciser contributions but primarily from the generosity of the local community without which we couldn't do what we do." The guests were treated on the evening to a fabulous 3 course meal followed by charity auction that was run so very well by Jerry Janes, increasing the amount raised on the evening. Live music was provided by local band the Standards who ha everyone dancing until the end of the evening. One of the guests was heard to say "this has been such a wonderful evening and we are delighted to be able to support the work that Cardiac Rehab does." They went on to say " I hadn't appreciated all that the Charity does, and I was shocked at the statistics for the number of people affected by heart disease." Heart disease remains one of the UK's single biggest killers with around 200 people a day dying from the disease. The programmes that Cardiac Rehab run help those with or at risk of the disease, to control their risk factors. Martin Lovell added that "we are always looking at different ways to boost our income and allow us to help more people, so our new weekly lottery is a great way that local people can have a bit of fun and support the charity. The weekly lottery has a jackpot of £1,000 each week and for £1 a week you have 10 chances to win. Cardiac Rehab can add a significant amount of income through the lottery this year with your help. Entry forms are available to download from www.cardiac-rehab.co.uk. Every additional 15 entries could help us to support another 15 local people to avoid developing heart disease."
We have just four tables left to sell - for 8 or 10 people!
For just £50.00 per person you will get a welcome drink upon arrival with entertainment by Gray & Groovy Opera Singers - a 3 Course Black Tie Dinner (lounge suits are acceptable) followed by Coffee - Dancing to Live Band, The Standards, until 11.30pm - There will also be a separate lounge area away from the Band for those who prefer to end the evening relaxing with their Valentine!
Your support will enable us to help more people with or at risk of heart disease!
We were delighted to welcome the ladies of the Wellington Boot Club (a ladies breakfast network group) to the Cardiac Rehab Centre for their monthly meeting in October.
Apart from the delicious breakfast they had a programme that included a tour of the Centre, a talk on CPR and how to keep your heart healthy. The highlight was a talk from Maggie Sinclair who described her experience of heart disease, how Cardiac Rehab has helped her to manage her risk factors over the past 20 years. The ladies of the Wellington Boot Club were very good breakfast guests and very much appreciated the chance to learn more about Cardiac Rehab, one of their chosen charities for this year. We were very grateful for the £110 donation which they made on the day.
Cardiac Rehab in Alton has recently received a donation from Ollie Neil, a student at Amery Hill School, who has spent the past three months on a fundraising challenge as part of his Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Ollie raised vital funds for the charity through sponsorship of the 'Three Counties Challenge' event, which he put together to celebrate the charity's 40th anniversary year. He cycled, walked and kayaked in Hampshire, Dorset and The Lake District. Talking about the event, Ollie said "Friends and family members kindly sponsored the event and in total I raised £471." General Manager, Martin Lovell added, "Each year we need to raise £250,000 to continue to help improve the heart health, fitness and wellbeing of those who have and those at risk of heart disease. Currently over £140,000 of that has to be generated through fundraising & events so we are hugely grateful for Ollie's fundraising effort and donation." Anyone wishing to make a donation to Cardiac Rehab should visit
Alton Lions Treasurer Mike Baker presented a cheque for £2000 to Cardiac REHAB General Manager, Martin Lovell, as a result of the recent annual Lions / Rehab Golf tournament. The event raised £1600 for Cardiac Rehab which Alton Lions Club topped up to £2000 for Cardiac Rehab's 40th Anniversary. This year's tournament was won by Bernard Dunk's "Hims Ancient and Modern" team, pictured with Lion Derek Shaw, the event organiser, and Martin Lovell who presented the competition trophy, together with a winners Lions / Rehab shirt, to Bernard Dunk, Peter Lyons, Colin Russell and Peter Smith. Alton Lions Club would like to thank to all who played and supported the event particularly the members and staff from Worldham Golf Club.
I ask myself that very question every day of the week, several times on some days!!!!
I do believe I have the best job in the world, every day is different and every hour is different with different classes and people to teach.
I became a fitness instructor after having a midlife crisis and changing careers, after training as a mechanical engineer. Sport has always played a big part of my life; I was a county runner at school running 400's and 800m. When we moved to Alton, I joined the sports centre and worked out 2-3 times a week. I saw a poster for a triathlon and thought I can do that, so trained about 2 months for it, competed and loved it so much that within six months I had given up my job and was re-training as a fitness instructor.
Cardiac Rehab was a case of right place at the right time. Heart disease has always been close to my heart if you excuse the pun, after losing my mum at an early age to a heart attack. The centre was introduced to me when my late husband was referred here after his heart attack in his late 40's, and was a regular attender to classes and independent sessions. I saw a huge change in him after attending the centre, he got his self-confidence back and believed his life wasn't over and plenty more to live for. About a year after qualifying as a fitness instructor I was asked if I was interested in joining the rehab team, to be honest I wasn't sure to start. I thought I'm not clever enough to do that, but after talking to several qualified instructors I was encouraged to do it. One of the best decisions I have made.
I am very lucky as I don't have a "typical "day, I do different hours and different things every day, some days are long and some are very short. On one day of the week I do teach almost every different class we have on the timetable. I may be looking after our special programmes class with exercisers who may have other comorbidity issues which make exercise challenging. I can then move on to our advanced class where the class have a challenging warm up and circuit class, then later the Intermediate class with a warm up to suit their ability, using the gym equipment and making sure everyone is exercising safely and effectively. I then move onto the independent session where I may be supervising the session, doing an induction on new exercisers and assessment on returning exercisers. I also get involved in the fitness testing of our Staywell exercisers, the booking of inductions of new exercisers and the day to day running of the gym. And yes to answer your question you are my favourite group.
At 52 Maggie thought her life would never be the same again!
It was June 1996, she was at the height of her career, aircrew with British Airways on the magnificent Concorde, flying supersonic around the world. Maggie had been getting a little breathless, and then suffered classic symptoms of breathlessness and pain. Having been referred by her GP, an angiogram confirmed her worst fears; she had a blocked artery which was not suitable for surgery.
"That was it. I loved my job, I loved Concorde, I'll never fly again!" Maggie was devastated. However having been prescribed medication her GP told her "now get off to Cardiac Rehab, and we will have you flying again." Although Maggie didn't believe her for one minute, that's what she did.
Having completed Phase III and graduating onto Phase IV classes at the Centre, Maggie's fitness continued to improve as did her confidence. When she felt the time was right she approached British Airways, who said, they would welcome her back if she passed the medical assessment. To Maggie's great relief & joy, she passed with an A1 fitness rating. She re-joined her colleagues on Concorde and continued her flying career until she retired, following her last flight on Concorde in September 1998.
Maggie's story isn't unique but highlights that heart disease doesn't have to be the end of a story but merely a punctuation. Her story shows the benefits of the programmes we run here at Cardiac Rehab, and if you have heart disease, or you have any of the risk factors that put you at risk, now is the time to get in touch and see how we can help improve your heart health.
Sandra Letford, Deputy Health Programme Manager / BACPR Exercise Instructor, completed the London to Paris Bike Ride at the beginning of September. The challenging route covered approximately 240 miles through picturesque English and French rural landscapes finishing at one of the world's most iconic structures, the 324 meter high Eiffel Tower.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Sandra and helped her to raise the fantastic sum of just over £2,000!
Cardiac Rehab would like to thank Chrissie Pollard who on Breeze radio on Monday the 25th July announced that Cardiac Rehab would be the recipient of £300 from the Community Kick Start Fund, to support a new entrant to the Staywell Programme.
Cardiac Rehab are very grateful for the award, it will make a real & positive contribution to helping the Charity achieve its objectives. Cardiac Rehab would encourage other organisations to apply to Chrissie Pollard and the Community Kick Start programme for an award, information can be found on the Breeze Radio website.
A huge thank you to The Rebus Players for a gripping Murder Mystery at the Cardiac Rehab Centre, on Saturday 25th June 2016.
Also, thank you to Keith and Paulette Murray for the outstanding organisation and superb supper.
A fantastic £1,660 was raised for Cardiac Rehab!
"We hope you are able to join us on our walk on Sunday 10th July. The plan is to meet at the Basingstoke Canal car park opposite the Barley Mow pub Address: The Hurst, Winchfield, Hampshire RG27 8DE. Telephone: 01252 617490. With a walk along the canal to the Dogmersfield estate by the Four Seasons Hotel. A swim in Tundry Pond for the doggies that want to and then continue on to the canal to make a circle back to the car park, then into the Barley Mow for a pint and/or lunch. Opening hours are 10 -4 for food and until 10.30 for drinks. Set off time of 11.30 as the walk takes 1 ½ hours and is 3 miles."
Congratulations to Cardiac Rehab Graduate, Chris Matcham, who came 2nd in the West Country Scythe Championships at the weekend. 70 year old Chris, who had quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2008, and who has exercised regularly at the Cardiac Rehab Centre ever since, was runner up in the vintage class. Well done Chris!
Please vote for Cardiac Rehab to become Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year. Simply click on the link below or pop into the Alton store and place the orange coins in our slot. The voting station is next to the Customer Service Desk.... You don't even have to buy anything!
Plus one Saturday per month, 7.45-11.30am
Holiday and sickness cover as required
Please Tel. 01420 544794
for an Application pack
Closing date for applications is Friday 1st July 2016
Do you like cycling?
Do you need a new challenge?
Would you like an amazing adventure?
Would you like to get fit?
Do you enjoy making new friends?
Why not sign up for The Big Heart Bike Ride in Vietnam & Cambodia in 2017?
At the same time as ticking another item of your bucket list you can raise funds for Cardiac Rehab and help to fight heart disease!
In November 2013 The Fairy Bikers took part in The Big Heart Bike in Jordan and raised 23K for Cardiac Rehab!