DGH staff put their heart into fundraiser

Cardiac Walk
Cardiac Walk

Money raised by a sponsored walk by cardiology staff, former heart patients and members of the British Heart Foundation last year has been presented to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Eastbourne DGH.

More than 60 people walked either three or six miles along Eastbourne seafront and raised £5,252 which has been divided equally between the Cardiac Rehab Unit and the British Heart Foundation.

Phillippa Acton, Cardiac Rehabilitation Sister, said, “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the sponsored walk last summer for helping to raise so much money.

“We will be using our share to purchase a multi-exerciser for the gym at the DGH, for those who need to be seated to exercise.

“We are also looking at re-introducing hand-held records for patients who have had a heart attack.”

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit helps people who have suffered a heart attack or have heart disease to achieve their full potential in terms of physical and psychological health.

Their work involves a structured programme of education, psychological support and exercise training, leading to a behavioural healthy lifestyle change.

The walk is an annual event and in 2013 will be held on Sunday July 21.

Anyone who would like to take part should contact the Cardiac Rehab Team at the DGH on (01323) 417400 extension 6238.

The British Heart Foundation raises money for pioneering heart research, vital prevention activity and quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

More information about the Foundation can be found on their website at www.bhf.org.uk