Entries by Nicola Campbell

Chicane Internet donates £5,000 to The Somerville Foundation ahead of their partnership

Chicane Internet, the Suffolk-based company providing businesses with reliable and user friendly VOIP telephone systems, has donated £5,000 to The Somerville Foundation, a charity that supports those affected by congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defects in the world. In the UK alone, almost one in a hundred babies are […]

Expanding a Family by Tania Thomas

Is adoption for me? If you wish to become a parent but having birth children may not be the right way for you to do so, then I’d bet good money you have heard the words, “You could always just adopt”. Perhaps more times than you can count. I know I have. But what is […]

My Heart Story Natalie Jones

My name is Natalie Jones and I am 38. I have a congenital heart condition known as transposition of the great arteries. This was discovered when I was 2 weeks old. At 18 months old I had open heart surgery to correct it. As I was so young, I cannot remember the operation. However, I […]

Run the Royal Parks Half 2019 for #teamthesf

Join our team and raise awareness for people born with a heart condition To secure your place on our charity team please pay your £45 registration fee via Paypal, through the link below. You do not need to have a Paypal account, just a debit or credit card. This fee is non refundable but your […]

A little-known D-Day legacy by Geraldine West

The Peacock Club In preparation for D-Day an American hospital was established in Gloucestershire to treat injured American service personnel. An American Captain in the US Army, Dwight Emery Harken, a thoracic surgeon who had trained at the Brompton Hospital in London, began removing shrapnel from in and around the hearts of servicemen returning injured […]

Nightrider – Join #teamsf for a night out to remember

NIGHTRIDER™  2019 Distance: 50km or 100km. Take Part in a night out to remember in: London – Registration Closed Glasgow – Registration Closed Bristol – 6th/7th July 2019 Liverpool  – 13th/14th July 2019 You can choose from a 50km or 100km route in one of four cities exploring the top sights, latest attractions, famous landmarks […]

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 […]

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 […]

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