Take Heart Support Group, a community group supporting cardiac patients at risk of heart disease, has been presented an award for voluntary work in the community from the High Sherriff of North Yorkshire.
Operating for 26 years the group were shortlisted for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, it is a tremendous achievement to be shortlisted for this award. Although the group narrowly missed out on the Queen’s Award, they were awards a £250 prize alongside a certificate for voluntary work in the community.
Mr John Furness, High Sherriff of North Yorkshire, visited the group and presented the award, he said “Your organisation has been brought to my attention by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Barry Dodd and Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Peter Scrope. It has been particularly commended to me because of the good work you are all doing to support cardiac patients in your community.”
The High Sherriff presented the award to the Take Heart Committee Members at one of their sessions, and went on to join in with their chair-based exercises, led by tutor Christine Auffret.
Steve Rose, Chief Executive Officer at Catalyst which supports Take Heart Support Group, said “It is hard to describe in words the amazing Take Heart team of volunteers who give support and hope to those who have suffered from cardiac problems.
“With ongoing support from consultants and GPs in the area, the Take Heart Cardiac Support Group looks to be thriving and will continue to grow in the future.”
Take Heart Support Group currently runs regular sessions across Middlesbrough, East Cleveland and Stockton on Tees and can be contacted via Madge Preston on 07514 656130.