Newsletter August 2020

Dear Member

What we’ve been up to

My last newsletter written at the outset of the Covid 19 lockdown informed the readers of the steps the charity would be taking to maintain contact with its members. Since then the Community Tutors have committed to regularly contacting class members to check on welfare and to promote continued exercise through personalised home exercise programmes. The charity would like to express their gratitude to the Tutors and all those who help support them for their efforts. The trustees of the charity have also tried to keep themselves busy by holding monthly zoom meetings chiefly used to discuss how to continue overseeing the governance of the charity during these very challenging times.

Walking Groups

Thankfully some of the lockdown restrictions are now being eased and the trustees have begun to discuss how best to reinstate some of the activities previously provided by the charity.  Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to fully resume services by opening up the classes but we are currently exploring the possibility of beginning dedicated exercise walks overseen by the Tutors. We believe this will help facilitate the important face to face contact with our Tutors and also be a long awaited first step to reintroducing the important work of the charity. It is hoped that the walks will commence on the 10th August, however we are still awaiting confirmation from the Health Board that they agree with our proposals. The tutors will be in touch with all class members, if they haven’t already, to promote the walks.

Your Support is Key

One of the main concerns of the charity has been the inability to fundraise during the Covid 19 lockdown. This has resulted in the funds available to the charity diminishing since March as we have continued to pay our overheads with little or no income being generated.

Our challenge is to raise much needed funds through a virtual walk from Abergavenny in Wales, home of the beautiful Sugar Loaf Mountain and back drop to Nevill Hall Hospital, to the iconic base of Everest. A free website worldwalking.org are generously supporting us in this venture by hosting our event. The Everest Cardiac Challenge.

More information on this exciting initiative is available on the flyer and our web site cardiac-rehab.org.uk. The trustees urge everyone to be being involved so please invite friends and family to join you. The Tutors have all agreed to act as lead facilitators for this challenge and as such can I ask anyone who wishes to be involved to contact them.  They are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Annual Membership

We are updating our list of members and are really grateful to those of you who continue to support us. If you have received a renewal form and forgotten about it or no longer wish to be a part of our membership, please contact Kathy Cleveland 01873 830829 kacleveland@btinternet.com­­­

In the meantime, can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support during these most difficult of times. Please take care and stay safe.

Gary Hicks

Chair of the Board of Trustees

P.S

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