Welcome to the Harrogate Heart Support Group


We very much regret to announce the passing of our former chairman, Roger Slater, who died peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospice on Sunday 9th August.  Roger was a most active member of our group and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Adrian Wilson (acting chairman)

Who we are

The Group was established in January 1992 and is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation.

Our aim is to meet the needs of those with a cardiac condition who are living in the community of Harrogate and District.

The purpose of the group is to offer support to those who may have recently suffered a heart attack, undergone cardiac surgery, stent insertion or have any other heart-related problem, such as angina.

We are keen to ensure that support is also extended to the patient’s family as anxiety about the future is not only the concern of the patient.

Dear Member/prospective member
In view of the advice being given by the Government and health organisations, especially to senior citizens with underlying health conditions (like most of us) we have decided to take the following steps:
1. All Pulseworks classes are cancelled from Tuesday 17th until further notice.
2. The lecture with Mr. Javangula on the 25th March is cancelled (we hope he will come next year).
3.  The AGM on the 27th May is postponed.
4.  The Annual Dinner is postponed.
5.  The Luncheon Club has cancelled meetings for the time being.
For those who had booked for the dinner, no cheques have been cashed. If he does not hear from you, Mike Brannen will shred your cheque by the 28th March.
We are very sorry to have to take these steps but I am sure you fully understand that it is in your best interests.
Please keep in touch, we hope to recommence our heart support work and will advise as soon as possible.

What we offer

Pulseworks – Exercise sessions

Mobility, exercise and fitness sessions are held each week – supervised by qualified, cardiac-trained fitness instructors. There are six of these each week and involve supervised warm up and exercise routines, circuit activity and floor exercises all designed to improve your cardiac health.

Monthly Meetings – Harrogate District Hospital Classroom 3rd floor Strayside Wing.

These meetings provide an opportunity to get the latest information concerning heart disease and its treatment, and from time to time we cover subjects of a more general nature.

Supporting the British Heart Foundation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is one of the most effective treatments available to heart patients.

It gives heart patients a 26% greater chance of surviving in the first five years following diagnosis.

It can reduce hospital admissions, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety and depression,therefore improving the patient’s quality of life.

It can teach patients how to manage their condition, thus reducing dependence upon GP visits and other NHS services.

Patients who regularly exercise in our Phase 4 cardiac classes are generally happier in their outlook and make fewer visits to their GP.

Exercise sessions take place in and around Harrogate

Jennyfield Styan Centre,Grantley Drive,Harrogate,HG3 2XU

Monday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Thursday: 12:30pm

Harrogate District Hospital Gym,Lancaster Park Rd, HG2 7SX

Wednesday: 6:00pm

Thursday: 6:45pm

Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre, Hookstone Wood Rd, HG2 8PN

Friday: 1:00pm

Calcutt and Forest Moor Village Hall, Bland’s Hill, Knaresborough, HG5 8JA

Monday: 6.15pm  (new class from Monday May 13th 2019)

Sessions last about one hour

Monthly meetings for 2019




AT 7.30pm

Wednesday Nov 27th 2019Harrogate Hospital Cardiac Nurse Team...Aims and Objectives and Current Practice.Sharon Davies...Lead Nurse for the Cardiac Nurse Team.
Wednesday Jan 29th 2020Improved Access to Psychological Therapies...What it means to you!Jade Mitchell, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, NHS.
Wednesday Feb 26th 2020The local Heart Failure Nursing ServiceLiz Corbett, Senior Heart Failure Nurse.
Wednesday Mar 25th 2020Latest news on Cardiothoracic SurgeryKalyana Javangula, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Leeds NHS Trust.
Wednesday May 27th 2020AGM followed by:-
"the Digital Approach to Patient Consulting"
Rachel Binks, Nurse Consultant, Digital and Acute Care at Airedale Hospital.
Wednesday Sept 30th 2020
Latest developments in CardiologyProf. Klaus Witte of Leeds University
Wednesday Oct 28th 2020t.b.a.t.b.a.
Wednesday Nov 25th 2020Harrogate Hospital Research Teamt.b.a.


Support is offered by the HHSG in a number of ways:

We encourage long term lifestyle changes, which promote good health and general wellbeing.

Through our Pulseworks fitness training sessions, we offer long term physical fitness maintenance, following hospital cardiac rehabilitation or referral from your GP.

We give you the opportunity to talk and share experiences with others in similar circumstances.

We maintain strong links with the Harrogate District Hospital cardiac nurses.

In conjunction with the hospital, each year we offer life-saving resuscitation training for patients and carers.

We provide opportunities for people to meet socially on regular basis.



Membership is open to those who have suffered with heart problems. We offer services to those who have completed Phase III Cardiac Rehab courses at NHS or private hospitals or those that have been referred by their GP.

Subscriptions are currently £3.00 pa and members attending fitness sessions pay £4.00 per visit. There is a 100 Club option which costs an additional £12.00 pa.

How is it run?

The Group is run voluntarily by individuals who have first hand experience of heart conditions and are therefore uniquely qualified to understand the needs of others with heart-related problems.

We are not a fundraising organisation. The group is self-funded and affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, the nation’s foremost heart charity.

For information on how to participate contact Chris Hall


Chairman (acting)
Adrian Wilson
Pulseworks Co-ordinator
Chris Hall 01423 873126
Treasurer Mike Brannen
Secretary Philip Woffinden
Membership Secretary Ann Mettam
Almoner Dorothy Barnes
100 club Adrian Wilson
Members Malcolm Coulson
Philip Ruston

The 100 Club

We have a monthly draw called the 100 Club.

Here are the recent winners:-


1st.      29   Mike Brannen

2nd.  130  John Abel

3rd.     91   David Hanson


1st    26   Philip Woffindon

2nd  41    Pat Norman

3rd   28   Stephen Halligan


1st.     100   Geoffrey Hunt

2nd.    109  Derek Kempster

3rd.    122   Ron Winfindale

Jan 2021

1st    99   Joseph O’Mahoney

2nd   61   Judy Clark

3rd  134  Valerie Peplow


1st   81    Derek Richards

2nd 73   Christine Bailey

3rd  139 Elaine Paton


1st    35    Malcolm Coulson

2nd  116   Jim Weatherill

3rd   140  Tim Burrell


1st 111  Adrian Smith

2nd 8   Margaret Porritt

3rd 33  Chris Balmforth


1st 103 Gregory Hirst

2nd 16  Derek Robinson

3rd 52  Allan Daffern


1st  117    Mick Rann

2nd  04   Mel Clark

3rd  58    John Smart


1st    56   Allan Thain

2nd  68   Don Swift

3rd   67   Christine Stirzaker


1st   65     Ken Purser

2nd   45   Sybil Marshall

3rd   71     Hilary Glumac


1st     34   Bob Simmons

2nd   47   Jean Whitaker

3rd   82   Annette Meekham

Contact us

Complete the fields of this contact form to get in touch or contact Chris Hall on

01423 873126


Supporting the British Heart Foundation


Life skills

  We often have a presentation from the Cardiac Unit team at Harrogate District Hospital or the British Heart Foundation on Life Skills covering such topics as how to administer CPR, recognise a suspected heart attack, put people in the recovery position and deal with choking.

Unwanted furniture and electrical items?

The British Heart Foundation offers a FREE collection service to help save lives. You should call 0844 499 4165 or book online at bhf.org.uk/collection. The BHF operates a furniture and electrical store in the Horsefair, Pontefract and is interested in Sofas and armchairs Lounge furniture Beds and bedroom furniture Tables and chairs TVs, DVDs, HiFis …