What is The Somerville Heart Foundation?
The Somerville Foundation is the only UK-wide charity supporting adults and young people as they transfer to adult services, with all forms of Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD).
It is estimated there are over 250,000 people who have survived into adulthood, with now more adults with the condition than children as around 85% now survive as opposed to 15% during the 1950s and 1960s.
We are here to provide many of their non-medical and psychological needs so they can lead as fulfilled lives as possible, as well as fighting to make sure the health services are there for their physical needs.
We are reliant on donations to carry on doing this and need people to help us by Getting Involved.
We aim to:
Provide accurate information and advice to allow those with ACHD to take informed decisions, become expert patients, grasp opportunities, and consider life-style choices
Combat the isolation felt by so many along with helping allay their anxieties and fears as well as those of their families
Fight discrimination and ignorance through campaigning, educating and promoting the rights and needs of those with ACHD
Help those with ACHD to share experiences and thoughts of others in the same position as them and to enable the provision of mutual support.
But we can’t do it alone. In order to ensure they enjoy access to every opportunity, are free from discrimination, and are fully supported throughout their lives, we need your help.