Welcome to the Harrogate Heart Support Group




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, all to support your continued recovery.  We are keen to ensure that, if required, support is also extended to the patient’s family, recognising anxiety about the future is not only the concern of the patient.

Health and Safety
Most advice given by the Government and health organisations, especially to senior citizens with underlying health conditions, and we will support this through our exercise classes.  We aim to help you with general fitness but in particular with your cardiac health.  Our cardiac instructors are fully qualified and may also support with advice.
Along with locally based face to face classes we have also introduced classes by Zoom, providing exercise for members who prefer to exercise at home.
This Year our AGM was held in the Harrogate Hospital Lecture Theater at 7pm on Wednesday May 22th. with a guest speaker, Rachel Binks,  Nurse  Consultant, Critical and Acute Care at Airedale General Hospital, speaking on the Digital Care Hub.  Also; – we hope to recommence our evening lectures given by health professionals,  social lunches, and hold an annual dinner in the spring of 2025.
Please keep in touch as we aim to resume our full service of heart support work and will release a calender as soon as possible.  Contact details are below.

What we offer

Pulseworks – Exercise sessions

Mobility, exercise and fitness sessions are held each week.  Classes are held at different locations, on different days and at various times to give maximum opportunity to exercise.  Please  see below for current time table.  The access link Zoom classes will be confirmed by What’s App and/or by Email in good time for each class.

In general:  all classes will include supervised warm up, exercise and cool down routines, as advised by the British Heart Foundation.

Zoom classes are normally every Tuesday and ThursdayFace to face classes at one of the appointed venues, are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  The Face to Face classes will include circuit activity and floor exercises.

Each class is delivered and supervised by qualified cardiac-trained fitness  instructors, all exercises are designed to improve your cardiac health.

Monthly Meetings – Harrogate District Hospital: – Are normally held in classroom 3rd floor Strayside Wing.  Advice will be given when these can recommence.  The meetings are voluntary and 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.

Thursday Luncheon Club

Members may take the opportunity to meet socially via monthly luncheons.  A different venue is chosen each month, usually at excellent hostelries specializing in good food with pleasant surroundings.  This activity is subject to arrangement, venues to be advised.

The 100 Club

As a member of this club, which is optional, you have an opportunity to win one of three prizes.


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

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

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

Please note the Hospital Gym is not available at present

N. B. – Face to face Sessions last about one hour, Zoom classes 40 min.

All classes are listed below: –

MONDAYS  at Jennyfield Styan Centre,  Jennyfield Drive, Harrogate 

            1.00 – 2.00 pm          Instructor – Sandra Hanson

TUESDAYSZoom class 

            9.30 – 10.10 am     Instructor – Sandra Hanson

WEDNESDAYS at Calcutt Village Hall, Knaresborough 

            6.15 – 7.15 pm          Instructor – Graham Whitehead 


            9.30 – 10.10 am      Instructor – Sandra Hanson

FRIDAYS at Calcutt Village Hall, Knaresborough 

             1.00 – 2.00 pm       Instructor – Sandra Hanson 

Contact our Coordinator by email at “info@hhsg.org.uk” or submit the form below

    Monthly meetings




    Further Scheduling for 2024 to be advised

    examplesHarrogate Hospital Cardiac Nurse Team...Aims and Objectives and Current Practice.
    Improved Access to Psychological Therapies...What it means to you!
    The local Heart Failure Nursing Service
    Latest news on Cardiothoracic Surgery
    AGM followed by:- A lecture
    e.g. "the Digital Approach to Patient Consulting"
    Latest developments in Cardiology


    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 £10.00 pa. and members attending live fitness sessions pay £20.00 per month.  The Zoom class is £4 per. class.  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 hhsg.org.uk


    Sandra Hanson (Instructor)
    Exercise Co-ordinator
    Robin Harrison
    Treasurer (Dept. Chairperson) Mike Brannen
    Secretary Ken Purser
    Membership Secretary Acting – Ken Purser
    Almoner and IT Malcolm Coulson
    100 club Rory Stanbridge
    Members Stephen Halligan
    John Clapperton


    The 100 Club

    The monthly draw -here are the recent winners:-

    July 2023

    1st   142   Alistair Thompson

    2nd  123  Judith  Eaton

    3rd  25     Dennis Oram

    Aug. 2023

    1st     36     David Hamblin

    2nd    118   Harry Sadler

    3rd      05   Jacqueline Johnston

    Sept. 2023

    1st      134   Valerie Peplow

    2nd      30   Ray Gowton

    3rd      38    Elaine Smiles

    Oct. 2023

    1st.      50   Margo Davidson

    2nd.    40   John Ward

    3rd.      54   Boyd Estlin

    Nov. 202  3

    1st.     71    Hilary Glumac

    2nd.   10    Stephen Blanchard

    3rd.    23   Jan Garvey

    Dec. 2023

    1st.      46.   David   Bickerton

    2nd.    81.    Derek   Richards

    3rd.     22.   Geffrey  Runcorn

    Jan. 2024

    1st.   07.    Dianne Ward

    2nd.  04.   Mel Clark

    3rd.   65.   Ken Purser

    Feb. 2024

    1st.    14.    Vera Eddison

    2nd.  08.   Jordan Abel

    3rd.   23.    Jan Garvey

    Mar. 2024

    1st.   85.     Terry Goddard

    2nd.  144.  Ashley Watson

    3rd.  59.     Leena Tupper

    April 2024

    1st     17.   George  Morton

    2nd   46.  David Bickerton

    3rd    97.  John Fawcett

    May 2024

    1st      134   Valerie Peplow

    2nd   99   Joseph O’Mahoney

    3rd     81   Derek Richards

    June 2024

    1st    94   John Ward

    2nd   82   Annette Meekham

    3rd    23   Jan Garvey

    Contact us

    Complete the fields of this contact form to get in touch.  Thank you.


      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.

      HHSG Annual Dinner T.B.A.

      The Annual Dinner previously was at Pannal Golf Club.    Members and guests can attend. The Dinner is organised by the committee, with a Quiz and no doubt other forms of entertainment. It should be a  good night and worth watching out for.

      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. Please contact the BHF which 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 …