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At a ceremony in the Council chamber at Ealing Town Hall on 17th August, Councillor Mrs Mohinder Midha presented Heartlink with a cheque for a huge £22,516. This represented the funds she had raised for us as her selected charity during her mayoral year, which ended in May. She did tireless and fantastic work throughout her year, getting donations and organising a large number of fundraising events, including celebration dinners. She was ably supported by Cheryl and the staff in the Mayor’s office.
A team of 15 Heartlink members were welcomed to the ceremony by the Mayor, her husband, Southall MP Virendra Sharma, long standing Heartlink supporters Councillors Harbajan and Ranjit Dheer, together with major donors from the Western Rd Gurdwara. Other major donors and fundraisers included staff from the Southall branch of Barclays Bank.
Heartlink chairman Trevor Davison thanked the Mayor for the huge effort she has made and presented her with an inscribed heart-shaped crystal plaque and a framed certificate of thanks. Heartlink representatives told the Mayor that the funds will be used to create a legacy for her efforts, by developing and extending our campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in the community. We shall involve her and her husband with us in this.
Fittingly, the ceremony was also attended by the wife and daughter of the late and much missed former Mayor Tejinder Dhami, who also raised substantial funds for us as his chosen charity,
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30 Heartlink members had a great day out in Bournemouth on 18th August thanks to a coach trip facilitated by our longstanding member Krishanjit Bajwa, and to the generosity of coach driver Manjit and his assistant Gerry. Most of those going on the trip were regular attendees at our monthly Community Hub.
We set off early from Greenford Hall, arriving at Bournemouth late morning and avoiding some damp weather. We started by enjoying the pier, the prom and the rides at the front, with a couple of hardy members having a refreshing swim. Many of us walked up through the gardens to the main square and congregated in a Weatherspoons for much needed food and refreshment. Everyone had a great time strolling around and chatting with friends and fellow members. We set off back at teatime with Manjit returning us safely by 8pm.
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In mid-August, a team of Heartlink members were invited to visit the Sikh Community Group Meal Gael at Norwood Hall, Southall. Mael Gael is a major community organisation, based at the Park Ave Gurdwara and running regular functions from its base at Norwood Hall. These include exercise, cultural activities and an extensive community garden.
Heartlink was invited to speak at a large meeting of the group and explain our objectives and plans for supporting local heart patients and raising awareness of heart disease in the community. Group leaders Dr Parvinder Garcha and Rajinder Garcha welcomed Heartlink and proposed areas of joint working between the two groups in the community. These exciting proposals include a joint programme to raise money for and train 100 community health advocates who will particularly focus on heart disease and associated conditions such as diabetes, strokes, COPD and comorbidities. The two groups agreed to develop and take these proposals forward together in the next few months.
At our well attended August meeting, 4 South Ward Manager and Heartlink Trustee Gary La Touche updated members about latest developments on the Ward. He outlined the cardiology treatments and services provided in the Hospital, particularly in the brand new Cath Lab, and how Ealing works in partnership with the Cardiology Units at other local hospitals.
He detailed the use of the 'virtual heart ward' for some patents, particularly those with heart failure, under which patients remain at home but are closely monitored by hospital staff using technology. He explained about the high standard of service provided to patients by the excellent dedicated nursing team on 4 South, and told us how much he welcomes Heartlink being able to reinstate bedside visits to ward patients.
There was a lively discussion with loads of questions about heart symptoms and treatments, and about the need to raise community awareness of heart disease. Gary and his staff were warmly thanked by the meeting for all they do for patients.
In the middle of July Heartlink members were very busy with a series of events - providing support and activities for our members and reaching out to people in the community about heart health.
On Saturday 15th July we were invited to run a stall at the Open Day at Meadowview Surgery in Northolt. There were loads of people there and we got a great deal of interest.
On Sunday 16th July another team of members ran a lively stall at the major Sikh Smagam (festival) in Springbridge Road in Hayes, close to the Southall border......
.... and on Thursday 20th July we held our monthly session of our Community Hub at Greenford Park Community Hall. As usual it was a lively, welcoming event - this time we had chair yoga with Mr Chana, bingo and plently of time for a good chat with tea & biscuits.
The 6th July Heartlink Meeting at Ealing Hospital heard an informative and helpful presentation about atrial fibrillation from two Ealing Hospital Cardiologists, Dr Jaskaran Sethi and Dr Redina Hasani.
AF is a problem affecting many people in the community and there were many questions following the presentation. Huge thanks were extended to the speakers by the attendees.
On a lovely warm summer morning on 12th June at Ealing Hospital, Heartlink held a well-attended ceremony in honour of
Councillor Tejinder Singh Dhami. During his term as Mayor of Ealing in 2018-19, Tejinder, who was a heart patient himself, adopted Heartlink as one of his chosen charities and raised many thousands of pounds for us.
This was used to purchase monitors for heart failure patients and items for the Cardiac ward at the hospital. During the period of the pandemic, these funds were crucial in keeping Heartlink functioning and were used to provide oximeters and oxygen concentrators. Sadly, Tejinder passed away in 2021 after many years of service to the local community and 20 years as a councillor..
At the ceremony, Councillor Mrs Mohinder Midha, who has just completed her own term as Mayor of Ealing, cut the ribbon on a new bench at the hospital entrance inscribed in honour of Tejinder. Tejinder’s wife, Rajinder Kaur Dhami unveiled a plaque in his memory in the Cardiology Clinic on Level 2. The ceremony was attended by Tejinder’s family and friends, ex colleagues from Ealing Council, Hospital staff and Trust representatives, as well as Heartlink members. The attendees heard tributes to Tejinder from his daughter, Neelam Kaur Dhami, Councillor Mrs Midha, Heartlink President Professor Jaspal Kooner and supporter Professor Stuart Rosen, plus Heartlink Chairman, Trevor Davison.
Tejinder’s invaluable fundraising work for Heartlink has been continued by his family, who raised £6000 for us in his memory, and by councillor Mrs Midha, who also adopted Heartlink as her Mayoral Charity for the year just gone.
After the ceremony, the attendees chatted and had light refreshments in the upper entrance area of the hospital.
The beautiful new Inscribed bench will remind us of Tejinder every time we enter or leave the hospital.
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Leading Ealing Hospital Cardiology Consultant Dr Amarjit Sethi gave us a fascinating and challenging talk about heart disease at our June meeting.
He began by telling us about the huge rise in the number of cases of heart disease worldwide over recent years, and went on to give us a range of important advice about the best way of reducing the risk of heart disease. This provoked a wide selection of questions from the audience which he dealt with in detail. He paid tribute to the important work that Heartlink does in the community. The attendees thanked Dr Sethi for his huge input to the meeting.
Doctor Sethi is a Heartlink Trustee.
Heartlink members ran a highly successful stall over four days at the London Smagam Sikh Festival, held at Norwood Hall, Southall on 26 - 29th May. The event was organised by local Sikh temples and attended by several thousand from Southall and right across London.
We were invited to run a heart health stall by Dr Parvinder Singh Garcha. We were made extremely welcome by the local Sikh social group Mael Gael, who shared their stall with us and got us refreshments. We gave out hundreds of leaflets and many British Heart Foundation booklets and gained lots of potential new members. We were invited to work jointly in future with the group on social and fund-raising activities and to provide a speaker to one of their sessions. Well done to Trevor, Mohinder, Amar, Dolly and Amrik for a lot of hard work!
See MORE PHOTOS of the event HERE
10 Heartlink members ran a very popular stall at the local Independent Care Board’s ‘Health and Care Fair’ in Greenford Hall on the afternoon of Thursday 11th of May. The fair was attended by local people from Greenford and Southall and there were stalls from voluntary groups and NHS Service providers. As well as getting new members, we made good contacts with colleagues from Age UK, local pharmacies and GP practices, Social Prescribing Link Workers as well as the Integrated Care Board, which oversees local health and care services. For more photos see HERE.
On Saturday 13th May, 15 staff members from Ealing Cardiology completed a 10 km sponsored walk from Kew to Teddington to raise funds for Heartlink. They were joined by 3 Heartlink members who brought our ‘high-viz’ jackets for everyone to wear. We all had a great walk along the Thames via Richmond. The walk raised over £1000 for Heartlink, as well as encouraging healthy exercise. Many, many thanks to all the participants, and all the donors from the hospital, and especially Niloufar, who organised it all. See more photos HERE.
A well-attended Heartlink meeting at Ealing Hospital on 4th May had an informative presentation from Hillingdon Hospital Heart Failure Nurse Eve Maylas, followed by many questions and much discussion. Eve is an old friend of Heartlink and has many years of practical experience as a heart failure nurse in the area.
Heart failure can be a debilitating problem for sufferers, but there are many approaches and treatments that can be used to tackle it. Eve was accompanied by representatives of Hillingdon Hearts, our sister organisation based at Hillingdon Hospital, which she helps to promote.
Contact us for a copy of Eve's very helpful & informative presentation.
Heartlink trustee Dr Harmandeep Singh gave a well-received talk on heart health and heart disease to a large meeting of the East African Asian Senior Citizens Association on the 6th of April. The meeting was held at the Dominion Centre in Southall and followed a chair yoga session which everyone joined in with. The Heartlink stall nearly ran out of British Heart Foundation booklets after the talk and a collection for Heartlink’s work raised substantial funds. The invitation to Dr. Harman and Heartlink was extended by Dr. Marway and the EAASCA Committee who requested a follow up session in the next few months. Doctor Harman's talk was in English and Punjabi. A video of it is available on request.
See more photos HERE.
A well-attended Heartlink meeting at Ealing Hospital on 2nd March heard Pippa Nightingale, Chief Executive of the NHS Trust which includes Ealing Hospital, and Nigel Stevens, Director of Cardiology for the Trust, talk about plans for the Hospital and the Trust, and respond to areas of concern raised by members.
There are exciting plans to open a new ‘Integrated Diagnostic Hub’ at the Hospital in coming months. This new facility will deliver a huge improvement to services for the public and will also address a major area of concern raised by many members. In future, patients will visit the new hub and be able to have a range of diagnostic tests such as MRIs, CT scans, blood tests etc. on a single visit, hugely speeding up the diagnostic process for patients and avoiding multiple visits.
It is hoped that the implementation of a new digital care record system in the Trust, as part of a national initiative, will help tackle problems about access to patients’ own records, including to test results, and end the confusing use of different hospital numbers by adopting the person’s NHS number.
We raised the problems many members have with digital communications from the Trust, such as appointment and consultation letters, emails and texts, which require modern technology to read, which they cannot use.
Heartlink voiced their appreciation of staff in Cardiology and across the Trust and the commitment they show to patients and local communities.
Both the Chief Executive and the Director of Cardiology voiced their strong support for the work that Heartlink does and said that they want to welcome us into the Hospital to support cardiology patients, many of whom need the support we provide. They stated that they see us as a key partner, helping them to shape services for local patients in the future.
Heartlink Trustee Professor Rosen, Senior Cardiologist at Ealing, thanked them for their support and attendance and said that the meeting was a big step forward in our working relationship with the Trust.
Our thanks to everyone who attended and particularly to Ben Jackson, Cardiac Cath Lab Superintendent Radiographer for helping to set up the meeting.
Pippa Nightingale, Trust Chief Executive, speaking at the meeting.
We enjoyed our Sponsored Walk in great company on 29th March - the Mayor and her husband helped make it fun as well as assisting us to raise funds for our work with heart patients. Starting at Greenford Hall, we walked and talked through Perivale Park, past St Mary's Church, over the River Brent, and finished at Pitshanger Park. We got a great welcome plus teas, coffees and cake at Cafe Berry from Valentina and the staff.
See more photos HERE.
Heartlink benefited from fantastic support at the Mayor's charity fundraising dinner held at the Pillars Restaurant in West London University in central Ealing on the evening of 15th March. The Mayor, supported by Councillor Ranjit Dheer, an old friend and supporter of ours, did an excellent job of explaining to attendees how we help heart patients and raise awareness of heart disease in the borough. The dinner was attended by senior figures from the University, the Council and local business, together with Mayors from across London and other distinguished guests. The Heartlink representatives enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared by catering students at the University and gained many new local contacts who want to support our work. Significant funds raised by the mayor at the event will help Heartlink in the future.
50 Heartlink members and supporters had a great evening at the mayor's fundraising dinner at the Royal Nawaab on 19th January. In total, over 200 guests attended the event, including local councillors, MPs, other Mayors from across London as well as business representatives and many from the local community. At the start of the event Dr Harmandeep Singh gave the audience a rousing speech about Heartlink and what we do to help local heart patients. (You can see a video of his speech HERE)
After the delicious three course meal, the mayor held a raffle and an auction, to raise more funds for us. As you would expect, she was ably assisted by Steve Pound in his normal role as auctioneer and master of ceremonies.