Entries by Nicola Campbell

Appeal from our Chairman Rob Nicoll

As Chairman of the Somerville Charity I am blessed to meet some incredible patients, their amazing families, the doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to manage horribly complex conditions and the wonderful staff and volunteers at our charity. I have seen our small team work hour after hour to make our BBC Radio 4 appeal […]

My Heart Diary

Unedited extracts from Izzy’s diaries, detailing her experiences around the time of her open heart surgery. Monday The aftercare, or should I say lack of it, post- open heart surgery is disgusting. Not just post-operation but pre and also for patients who have not yet had the surgery and have to wait to have it […]

Izzy’s Story: How Your Donations Will Help

Funds raised by our BBC Radio 4 appeal ‘Izzy’s Story’ will be used to increase our mental health support services for Adult Congenital Heart Patients. Supporting the mental health of adults and young people who were born with heart problems is one of our key priorities. We know from speaking to patients daily and through […]

Olympic Medallist and World Champion Roger Black Speaks from the Heart

There has been much excitement at The Somerville Foundation office recently since world champion and Olympic silver medallist Roger Black agreed to be the host of our Radio 4 Appeal. Izzy Oag, the subject of our appeal case study, Lowri Smith (photographer) and Development Director Nicola Graves had the privilege of heading into the studio […]

Breaking New Ground with the BBC

In January 2018 we applied to the BBC for a Radio 4 Appeal and 6 months later were absolutely thrilled to learn that we had been successful. Thus began a period of enormous excitement because, for a small team like us with big ambitions, this felt like a breakthrough. Briefing sessions were attended, a project […]


Annual Conference 2019 Liverpool

Hearts & Minds: Supporting the mental health of congenital heart patients We very much hope that you will be able to join us for our Annual Conference which this year will be held in Liverpool. Our focus for this conference is on mental health and wellbeing. This year’s agenda has been devised in collaboration with […]

Press Refresh – Mindful Relaxation

Mindful relaxation: using our imagination to soothe ourselves and de-stress. 14th March 2019 – ECHO Office, Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street, London SE1 7LL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/press-refresh-tickets-56039133557 Places must be booked in advance following the link below: A collaboration between ECHO, the Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation and the Somerville Foundation these evenings offer people connected to our […]

Heart Month

Setting Challenges as Motivation There are many things my heart is beating for – friends, sports, travelling, horses… The list goes on, but what I have come to realise since my last open heart surgery is that the most important thing is time! Making every day count! Finding your purpose and the time that is […]