Cardiac Rehabilitation Service open day to thank community for support - September 24

23rd August 2018

Staff from Lincolnshire’s North East Cardiac Rehabilitation Service will be hosting a special celebration later this month to give their thanks for the invaluable support they have received from the local community.

More than £12,000 has been raised for the service over the last year through charitable donations, meaning the team from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has been able to invest in a range of new gym equipment for the education and exercise programme based in Burgh Le Marsh.

The team, which includes specialist nurses, a rehabilitation assistant and exercise instructor, are now opening their doors to the public at Burgh Le Marsh’s Village Hall (Jacksons Lane, PE24 5LA) on Monday, September 24, so they can showcase just how important the donations have been.

Alison Bunn, cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist and team lead, said: “We have been absolutely blown away by the support we have received from the local community across the Louth and Burgh le Marsh areas over the last year. We have seen colleagues and patients undertake sporting challenges, received raffle donations and welcomed hundreds of people to our summer fayre open garden event last year.

“What makes this especially unforgettable is the positive impact it is having on our patients. Being able to buy and access new equipment enhances their experience with us and we could not ask for anything more than seeing them succeed in their goals.

“A massive thank you to everyone who has helped to make these improvements possible.”

Starting at 12noon until 3pm, Skegness Mayor Cllr Sid Dennis and Martin Brown, a former patient and sponsor from Natterjack Creative, will open the event.

As well as being able to see the new equipment and speak to staff, visitors will be able browse a range of stalls of the programme’s partner organisations, including the East Lindsey Heart Support Group, The British Heart Foundation, Magna Vita and LCHS’s Community Physiotherapy team.

There will also be a chance to join exercise instructor Mike Turner with some Tai Chi and discuss a sample of the exercises completed during the Cardiac Rehabilitation programme.

Visitors can also enjoy a raffle, refreshments and a selection of homemade cakes in exchange for a small donation.