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10K Donation from the Victorian Cricket


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.

Cardiac Rehab Lottery Winners - August 3rd 2017

PrizeWinnerTicket number
£1,000 Mrs M Gawne133736/Q2390
£100 Mrs C Holden130105/R1218
£100 Mr I & Mrs M McKay102228/K4359
£50 Mrs C LightbowneC051/C8772
£50 Mrs C Timmins133678/P6180
£25 Mrs Fiona Emery136148/V7889
£25 Mrs M Taylor105653/M6999
£20 Mr Michael Bainborough135138/U3843
£20 Mrs Pauline Taylor133317/U0720
£15 Howard MotorsG833/G4427
£15 Mrs G Dudaniec130268/R8479£10
Mr & Mrs D A Watts100992/J2390£10
Mr M Denning102941/K2390
£10 Mr S Hill103437/L2390
£10 Mrs Marian Creer105780/M2390
£10 Mr M Machin128114/P2390
£10 Mr A Blakely130451/R2390
£10 Miss J Whitaker130933/S2390
£10 Ms Tracey Holme134928/U2390
£10 Mrs C Jackson130595/R2949
£10 Mr Phil Macrae134919/U4402
£10 Mrs J Thomas129056/Q0821
£5 Mr D DimsdaleE160/E6062
£5 Miss PowellD026/D0439
£5 Mr G J Bretherton100297/J5713
£5 Mrs B A Goldthorpe104048/L1448
£5 Mr Howard TattersallD715/D2806
£5 Ms J Hanley132485/T5117
£5 Mrs K SharrockB852/B3942
£5 Sheila Hunt134707/U2943
£5 Mr Mick PainetrC508/C9661
£5 City Investment and Insurance ServicesH546/H7469
£5 Mr P G Nix128814/Q6391
£5 Mrs M D Briggs114577/P3584
£5 Mr P JohnsonD811/D7595
£5 Mr D Parker115631/P7999
£5 Mr Anthony L BerisfordA941/A6883
£5 Mr D Finch101675/K5483
£5 Mr G R Oare115728/P1029
£5 Mr W & Mrs M Little103702/L3329
£5 P Tyson106495/M5357
£5 Mr PerryH598/H4075
£5 Mr Stephen Nutter131152/S3671
£5 Mrs C P Costigan131359/S7710
£5 Mr John Fisher100440/J6341
£5 A Holden133964/N7476
£5 Mr G RishtonE897/E3731


A huge thank you to Sainsburys


​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."

Centre Closure


​The Centre will be closed for one day, on Saturday 22nd July, for Electrical Installation Testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Hearty News - Spring 2017 - Out Now!

Our spring 2017 newsletter is now available to download. Click on the link below to read all about our "Have a Heart" campaign, Denise's 20th anniversary with Cardiac Rehab, salt and heart health and much more!

Cycling UK support the Cardiac Rehab Cycle Group

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....


Charity Shop Closing Down!


Since announcing back in April of this year the threat of closure hanging over the Cardiac Rehab Charity Shop in Market Street, Alton, staff, volunteers and supporters have been rallying round to do all they can to ensure the survival of the shop, which has been a part of Alton's town centre since 1994. It was therefore with great sadness and disappointment that the trustees of Cardiac Rehab have been left with no choice but to announce the closure of the shop on the 12th August 2017.

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.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help or support Cardiac Rehab please contact Martin Lovell, General Manager on 01420 544794 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cardiac Rehab Valentine's Ball 2017

"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 Every additional 15 entries could help us to support another 15 local people to avoid developing heart disease."

Not long till our Valentine's Ball!

Not long till our Valentine's Ball!
Please help us to make this event as successful as last year.

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!

If you really can't make it then why not take a look at our fantastic auction items by clicking on the button below. To place your bid just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fundraisers on the run for Cardiac Rehab!

Fundraisers on the run for Cardiac Rehab!

Two hardy supporters are donning their running shoes and running in aid of Cardiac Rehab this year. 

Tom Trowbridge will be running the Southampton Half Marathon on Sunday 23 April. Brett Garner is running in the Race to the King Ultra Marathon (no mean feat as it's his first race in 10 years!) on 24th - 25th June 2017. 

We wish them every success and we hope you'll feel inspired to sponsor them by clicking on the images below.


Hearty News is out now!

Hearty News is out now!

Our latest newsletter, full of events, updates and useful information is available online now. Just click through to the full blog story and click on the link to read online or download.

The Welly Boot Club

The Welly Boot Club

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 Lottery Winners - June 29th 2017

Prize       Winner    Ticket number
£1,00    Mr P Burt   E753/E4234
£100     Alan Swindells
£10      Mr & Mrs WaltonC080/C1400
£100     M A Smith101288/J5840
£50M    C Daniel101545/J6289
£50M    K FaulknerE212/E5635
£25      Mr N BibbyD412/D6310
£25      Mrs B Turner104038/L6641
£20     Gardners Mica HardwareC001/C0654
£20     Mr E Bell135086/U2793
£15     D WignallS049/S2990
£15     Mr A J Gaskell133082/T2153
£10     Crown Furniture LtdB753/A4234
£10     Mr D LeeA753/A4234
£10     Mr Gerard Huntingdon105245/M4234
£10    Mr JessinanD753/D4234
£10    Mr K Nelson134093/S4234
£10    Mr P RutherfordC753/C4234
£10    Mr T Akroyd134721/U5218
£10    Mr W G Roberts103715/L4234
£10   M rs D ThrelfallH753/H4234
£10   Mrs Elizabeth Cowan135437/U4234
£10   Mrs M Baron130115/R4234
£10   Mrs M Cross133781/Q4234
£10   Ms Melanie Hibberd102584/K0665
£10   R Hesketh114431/N5054
£5    Mr Christopher Dell134841/U1377
£5    Mr D Stables133037/T0597
£5    Mr J Adams114261/N9906
£5    Mr J Blair133455/K1581
£5    Mr J D Cole102532/K1769
£5    Mr J M Hunt102573/K5020
£5    Mr L HarlingD825/D0880
£5    Mr R G Knock128877/Q9704
£5    Mr S CooneyA575/A9853
£5    Mr Thomas W Mansbridge104812/L8295
£5    Mrs B BowkerD547/D1840
£5    Mrs HudsonF547/F9492
£5    Mrs J Hilton104923/L3592
£5    Mrs J Westney114641/P3047
£5    Mrs L Holloway132825/T9113
£5    Mrs Liptrot113834/N6196
£5    Mrs Lyn Inker106319/M8021
£5    Mrs M R Hoggatt134236/S0800
£5    Mrs M Such113870/N2113
£5    Mrs Maureen Sharp114742/P1298
£5    Mrs Meekins113944/N1400
£5    Mrs MellingS819/S7729
£5    Mrs MellingJ175/J1271
£5    Mrs S Muncaster114203/N0511
£5    Redman & Bispham LtdH394/H2329

Cardiac Rehab Lottery Winners - July 6th 2017

PrizeWinnerTicket number
£1,000Mr A D McCluskey134449/T3262
£100Mr F Bolton135488/V6454
£100Mrs M Hayhurst133274/T1905
£50Mr A Bagust101168/J3002
£50Mrs G Skerritt133871/R4690
£25Mr Simon Anthony Almond103531/L7868
£25Mrs WalshF095/F0107
£20Frances TurnerC524/C8652
£20Mr J Wareing131796/S0143
£15Mr F W Wood129123/Q0553
£15Mr M G Ingram130074/R1936
£10D A Davies115109/P3262
£10Miss Nicol Wilkinson103383/L1890
£10Miss Rebeccas Mulhearn135861/V3262
£10Mr & Mrs H Gildert101032/J1102
£10Mr & Mrs K Hudson134714/U3262
£10Mr Alan Hough104177/L3262
£10Mr P BrennanA692/A3262
£10Mr R Roskell130415/R3262
£10Mr R S T Shaw133817/Q3262
£10Mr W Johnstone103663/L6709
£10Mrs J WhalenJ692/J3262
£10Mrs J Widdows112978/M3262
£10Mrs N Rowlands103372/K3262
£10S Hall113600/N3262
£5J TaylorA721/A9388
£5Lisa ConnerA896/A2892
£5Miss Rachel Simms132360/T8471
£5Mr B Hamer130238/R8152
£5Mr B McNeill101466/J8580
£5Mr B Rose101486/J2992
£5Mr C McIlwaine101568/J7079
£5Mr Chris WrightA065/A7581
£5Mr Denis WalkerB862/B5173
£5Mr G E Jenkinson102123/K7676
£5Mr J McKenna102388/K1903
£5Mr Philip R Attenborough104602/L3699
£5Mr R Jackson103253/K6374
£5Mrs Beryl Lanchester138629/Y5102
£5Mrs E Jackson131112/S4612
£5Mrs FisherD646/D1033
£5Mrs Helen C Kirkham134213/S7623
£5Mrs J C AshtonA814/A5105
£5Mrs J RileyB860/B0267
£5Mrs J Walker105071/L1671
£5Mrs L TyrerB592/B2060
£5Mrs M Taylor
£5Mrs P N Diaz105991/M2495
£5Mrs P Price105924/M2803
£5Mrs S PilkingtonJ685/J9463

Cardiac Rehab Lottery Winners - July 13th 2017


Prize  Winner  Ticket number
£1,000Mrs Joan Ashcroft131140/S8570
£100Mr N & Mrs S Read133687/Q0262
£100Mrs M EdwardsC114/C6566
£50Howard TurnerD732/D1991
£50Mr Norman LevettC305/C1250
£25Mr R D Clark113442/N1933
£25Mr R H Kirkham103375/K4493
£20J M TaylorA849/A4708
£20Mr Richard BakerD907/D1832
£15Garners Mica HardwareC000/C5740
£15Mr J M Spedding129837/R6769
£10Crown Furniture LtdB746/B8570
£10E E Garrett100243/J5484
£10Mr C Hardisty101558/J8570
£10Mr D Chapanery101659/K8570
£10Mr Harry Van BoydD746/D8570
£10Mr J RawcliffeE746/E8570
£10Mr J Watson132984/T8570
£10Mr J Wayman102468/K2855
£10Mr Peter BentleyB333/B1509
£10Mr R SnowdenA746/A8570
£10Mr Robert Farnworth135439/U8570
£10Mrs A L Arnfield128017/P8570
£10Mrs D A Crook104397/L8570
£10Mrs E Bracken130274/R8570
£10Mrs J Coyle129223/Q8570
£10Mrs Joanne Longworth135496/V8570
£10Mrs Molly Thorne105701/M8570
£10Pat DaviesG746/G8570
£5Frederick's Ice Cream LtdC758/C9729
£5J Webster100378/J2535
£5Mr A Duxbury101335/J1838
£5Mr A Smith101285/J5641
£5Mr Alan FearnleyE106/E1304
£5Mr D Collins113875/N2038
£5Mr F Halsall114485/N9726
£5Mr G JacksonC466/C0864
£5Mr R Nash132549/T3126
£5Mr Richard McGonigalD960/D9890
£5Mrs A Dilworth102520/K5698
£5Mrs A MoultonD293/D5450
£5Mrs C A Beaver131798/S4572
£5Mrs C Gardener-ShawA519/A8112
£5Mrs C JonesG240/G5934
£5Mrs C Roberts113248/N5801
£5Mrs C Strickland104219/L2938
£5Mrs F V Beeston104617/L7112
£5Mrs G Carroll129751/R0767
£5Mrs J Holden133901/R3002
£5Mrs K Higham128332/Q3906
£5Mrs Muriel Dolton115535/P5322
£5Mrs P Kinghorn105903/M7099
£5Mrs S Mawtus133618/M9280
£5Ms Laura Pickles135117/U7310

Cardiac Rehab Lottery Winners - July 20th 2017

Prize Winner Ticket number
£1,000 Mrs R Appleton 129889/R8054
£100 Mrs Thelma Warwick 134771/U7190
£100 Mrs J Kendrew 132502/T2954
£50 Mr P Preston 103099/K1989
£50 Mr David A Wright 113778/N7394
£25 Mr N Partington G078/G9487
£25 Ms Maureen Cusack E122/E8943
£20 Mr Arthur Conroy 135060/U9395
£20 Kelly Parkinson B542/B9704
£15 Mr K Marrow 102661/K7195
£15 Mr C Hennessy C537/C0438
£10 Mrs M A Inkster 100570/J8054
£10 Mr P McCluskey 103087/K8054
£10 Mrs S K Snape 133621/M8054
£10 Mrs R Diniro 129562/Q8054
£10 Mrs Diane Whitelaw 131269/S8054
£10 Mr Phil Harmer 133251/T8054
£10 Mr M Wignall C652/C0438
£10 Mrs C Walker 129145/Q3311
£10 Mr Peter Burkle 113467/N7120
£5 Mr & Mrs Dickinson 133957/R4606
£5 D Ince 100150/J9444
£5 Mr C Robinson 101582/J9946
£5 Mrs Muriel Bradshaw 133162/T6599
£5 Mrs D Steel 133204/T1748
£5 Mrs L Hackett D419/D3287
£5 Mr I Jenkins 102207/K0619
£5 Mrs J Collyer 104844/L3962
£5 Mr D Carr 101657/K1228
£5 Mrs Anita Senior 133991/R1006
£5 Mrs Marilyn Brown A002/A2117
£5 Mr B Ball 101415/J5045
£5 Mr A Vandenberg 129095/Q0881
£5 Mrs M Gore 105514/M1456
£5 Mr Colin Paynter 101596/J6008
£5 Mrs B Southward 104031/L8448
£5 Mr D & Mrs E Sharrocks 101790/K4656
£5 Mr Christopher Jeffs 114239/N7740
£5 Mr S Cooney A585/A0475
£5 Miss Emily Hinks 137567/X0639
£5 Mrs H Dixon 133810/Q7451
£5 Mr D Speakman 101758/K0106
£5 Mr G Kane 102045/K9140
£5 Mr Francis Moss 135154/U9143
£5 Mr K Rooney E449/E5160

Cardiac Rehab Lottery Winners - July 27th 2017

Prize Winner
£1,000Mrs Angela Owen
£100Mr Gordon Marshall
£100Miss K Lewis
£50Nigel Chadwick
£50Mrs Joan Henley
£25S Stone
£25Ms Kath Stead
£20Mr M Preston
£20Mrs V Holden
£15Mrs D Parker
£15Mrs Karen Dean
£10Greg Ashworth
£10Mr Adrian Brennan
£10David Thornton
£10Howard Motors
£10C Levis
£10Mr J Reay
£10Dr Hugh Bethell
£10Mrs Mary Lynch
£10D Rayner
£10Mr G Roberts
£10Mr J Procter
£10B Wooff
£10Mr D Campbell
£10Mrs A Singleton
£10Mr A Mockford
£5Mr D Cooper
£5Mrs Audrey W Hewitt
£5Mr J Parker
£5Mrs Tracey Gardner
£5Mr Howard Tattersall
£5Mr W E Pickering
£5Mrs C Macmillan
£5Mr F Durnian
£5Mr A W McDonald
£5Jenny King
£5Mr M & Mrs C Muldoon
£5Mr A Walker
£5Mrs L Jackson
£5Mrs H Barton
£5Mr Eric Roach
£5Mrs Brindle
£5Mrs J Bland
£5Mr Julian Sedgewick
£5Mr Antony Gray
£5Mr Jim Dye
£5Jane Pursglove
£5Mr F Newsham
£5Mr R G Johnson
£5Mrs K T Swarbrick
£5D Wignall

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps Cardiac Rehab

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps Cardiac Rehab

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


2016 Christmas cards now available

2016 Christmas cards now available

Our Cardiac Rehab Christmas cards are now available to buy, either from the Centre, or from our Alton shop. 

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The Alton Lions / Cardiac Rehab Golf Day

​ 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.

Why I became an Exercise Instructor

Why I became an Exercise Instructor

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.

Maggie's Story 'To Fly - To Serve'

Maggie's Story 'To Fly - To Serve'

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.

London to Paris Bike Ride

London to Paris Bike Ride

​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!

The Breeze Radio Community Kick Start Fund

The Breeze Radio Community Kick Start Fund

​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.

Sandra Letford is cycling from London to Paris

Sandra Letford is cycling from London to Paris

Fundraiser profile page on BT MyDonate

For further information and to sponsor Sandra please follow the link below.

The Murder Mystery Supper

The Murder Mystery Supper

​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!

Charity Dog Walk along The Basingstoke Canal with an optional Pub lunch!

​The Welly Boot Club of Basingstoke have chosen Cardiac Rehab as one of their Charities for the coming year.  If you would like join their Charity Dog Walk , details below, then please leave your name at reception. Tel. 01420 544794 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"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."

New Trustee, Jonathan Pickering, is raising funds for Cardiac Rehab!

New Trustee, Jonathan Pickering, is raising funds for Cardiac Rehab!

​On Sunday 3rd July our new trustee, Jonathan, is taking part in the Farnham Charity Cycle Ride.  He will cycle 50 miles around Hampshire, starting and finishing in Farnham.

Congratulations to Chris!

Congratulations to Chris!

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!

Vote for Us! Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year

Vote for Us! Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year

​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! 


Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year

Help us make a difference. Find out more about the Sainsbury's Local Charity programme for 2016

Part time Receptionist Vacancy

Part time Receptionist Vacancy

Monday 1.00-6.00pm

Thursday 2.30-8.00pm

Plus one Saturday per month, 7.45-11.30am

Holiday and sickness cover as required

Please Tel. 01420 544794

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for an Application pack

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st July 2016


Denise's acceptance speech video

Denise's acceptance speech video

​Winners of Destination Basingstoke 'A Place to be Proud of Awards' at The Haymarket Theatre, 26th May 2016 - Acceptance Speech by Denise Ellis, Centre Manager and Dr Sally Turner, Health Programme Manager. Click below to watch the video!


A Place to be Proud of Awards 2016

A Place to be Proud of Awards 2016

On the evening of Thursday 26th May 2016, Denise Ellis Centre Manager & Dr Sally Turner Health Programme Manager, represented Cardiac Rehab at the "Places to be Proud of" Awards that took place at the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke. This is the 13th year of the awards that recognise the contributions made by individuals, groups, organisations, places and initiatives that make a diverse, vibrant community and a great place to live and do business. Individual categories are sponsored by locally-based businesses.

Cardiac Rehab was nominated for the Health & Care Award and from a list of 12, short listed to 3, Cardiac Rehab was chosen by the judges as the recipient of this year's ward.

"This is a tremendous recognition of all the good work that everyone associated with the Charity does". Martin Lovell General Manager of Cardiac Rehab said "I am very proud to say I work at Cardiac Rehab and very proud that the work that everyone associated with the Charity does, from the volunteers, supporters, staff, specialist instructors and Trustees, has been recognised in this very public way".

Heart disease remains one of the biggest killers in the UK with 1 in 4 affected and on average 200 people a day dying from the disease. Cardiac Rehab is dedicated to improving heart health, fitness and the well-being of those affected by and those who are at risk of heart disease. With its programme (Staywell) specifically for those at risk of heart disease, Cardiac Rehab is working to prevent the impact that the disease can have on the individual and their families. The Charities "Have a Heart" Campaign running this year is focussed on raising the awareness of Heart Disease and what Cardiac Rehab is doing to combat it, but most importantly, its about getting more of those individuals who will benefit from the services it offers onto its programmes. The campaign is also about increasing the funds that it raises, to allow it to do its good work and increase the public benefit it delivers.

Cardiac Rehab is aiming to raise £200,000 this year to allow it to expand what it does, and it can only do this through the generous support of the public, as it receives no funding from the NHS, local or National government.

It is great to be celebrating Cardiac Rehab a local success story that has and continues to help so many people within North, Mid, East Hampshire and surrounding areas.

Click here to find out more about Destination Basingstoke


The Big Heart Bike Ride in Vietnam & Cambodia 2017

The Big Heart Bike Ride in Vietnam & Cambodia 2017

​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!


Spring 2016 Newsletter

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring 2016 Newsletter

Supporting our "Have a Heart" campaign, launched in February, we are taking every opportunity to shout about who we are, what we do, why it's important, and how we are funded. The new look is designed to help get our key messages across. We hope you like it and enjoy the mix of news, information and advice that this edition contains. Please let me know your thoughts, as your feedback is important (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Have a lovely Spring & Summer and please if you are able, enter our Summer Grand Draw with a chance to win £1,000 and helping us to help those who benefit most from the services we offer.

Please click on the 'Continue reading' link below to read more...

Martin Lovell General Manager

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Autumn Newsletter 2015

Autumn Newsletter 2015

Would you believe that in January 2016 it will be 40 years since Dr Hugh Bethell started a Cardiac Rehab programme here in Alton? 

Now, that is a milestone not to be missed and we believe it is time to celebrate and shout about the success of Cardiac Rehab. So, 2016 will be our year – a year when we launch "Have a Heart Campaign", a Campaign to promote and celebrate good heart health, and how we can help improve it through exercise. We will therefore be holding a number of events across each month of next year to promote good heart health, have fun, raise funds, and get people involved and supporting Cardiac Rehab. (See some of the events on the back page). Can you help, by completing a challenge to raise funds for us? Do you have time to get involved in organising and running an event to raise funds for us? Can you give time to help us run an event? Then we would very much like to hear from you. For 2016 we have set ourselves the target of recruiting 150 more exercisers and raising £5,000 for each of the 40 years since Dr Bethell started the Cardiac Rehab service. It's a Big Ask, but with your help and support, and by spreading the word we know we can achieve it. 

Why get involved? – 1 in 4 of us will be affected by Heart Disease, an average of 200 people die each day as a result of heart disease. The risk factors include: Physical inactivity, Overweight, Family history of cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes, Stress / depression. Many of us are at risk or know someone who may be – "Have a Heart" please get involved.

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