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Run the Royal Parks Half 2020 for #TeamTheSF

Join our team and raise awareness for people born with a heart condition! The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on the 11th of October 2020; with routes through four of central London’s most beautiful parks; all on closed roads. Join…
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GUCH News Issue 95 2020 Vision

GUCH News is now available to download. GUCH News Issue 95, Winter 2019 - 2020 Vision

Somerville's #12DaysOfChristmas Tips

Let the countdown begin! Here are our 12 HEART tips leading up to Christmas! We know the festive season can get crazy, we hope these tips help you through.
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Nightrider 2020 - London

Join #TeamSF on 6-7 June 2020 when, once again, Nightrider will take over London! Two routes will be available - a 100km and a 50km ride. Both are circular and start and finish at the iconic Lee Valley VeloPark. Take Part in…

Climbing Everest

At an altitude of 6m in our local Cambridgeshire pub, my good friend of many years, Tony, was going through the early stages of divorce and was questioning life, the universe and everything. We were joined by another friend and somehow over…

The Somerville Foundation Annual Conference - Saturday 5th October 2019

We are very pleased to confirm the final agenda for this year's annual conference, to be held at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool City Centre on Saturday 5th October. We are very lucky to have secured some inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators,…

GUCH News Issue 94 Hearts and Minds

GUCH News is now available to download. GUCH News Issue 94, Autumn 2019 - Hearts and Minds (Click here for a lower-resolution version)

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…

Seeing the NHS Through the Eyes Of an Expert Patient by Beth Greenaway

Some of my earliest memories are of hospital visits, being unwell and off school, and knowing that I had a ‘poorly heart’. Surgery to close my atrial septal defect (ASD) and fix my pulmonary valve when I was 9 years old dramatically improved…

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…
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Volunteer at Ipswich Music Day Sunday 7th July 2019

Join us for a great day of music in Christchurch Park taking in the sights and sounds of Ipswich Music Day. We need a team of volunteers to hand out programmes and collect donations to help young people and adults born with a heart condition. Shifts…

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…

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…

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…

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…

GUCH News Issue 93 The Radio 4 Edit

GUCH News is now available to download. GUCH News Issue 93 Summer 2019 - The Radio 4 Edit 

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…

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…
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Roderick's Story

Name: Roderick Skinner Age: 77 Age when diagnosed: 44 Condition: Triple bypass and replacement of defective (congenital)  aortic valve with a mechanical heart valve. How has having a heart condition impacted on your mental health? The…
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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…

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…
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Campaigning in Scotland

We are working with service providers and relevant stakeholders to improve health care provision. On our behalf, as our voluntary Scottish Campaign Manager, Dr Liza Morton sits on NHS Scotland’s Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board &…
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Travel information

This leaflet gives information on travelling for adults who were born with a heart condition (congenital heart condition). Having a congenital heart condition doesn’t mean you can’t travel but it may require a bit of advance planning. It…
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Lifestyle issues

This leaflet is designed to provide you with advice on some lifestyle choices and issues that may be related to your heart condition. The aim of the leaflet is to provide you with information so you can make the decisions for yourself. Download…
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Born with a Heart condition

What is a congenital heart condition? Congenital means 'from birth'. A congenital heart condition is an abnormality of the heart that has been present from birth. A congenital heart condition is sometimes also called 'congenital heart disease'…
First Heart Transplant

50th Anniversary of the first Heart Transplant

Image Courtesy of health24 Fifty years ago, the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Louis Washkansky, 53, was terminally ill with heart failure. The donor, Denise Darvall, was just 25. She suffered a fatal brain injury…
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Joanne's Great Trek

I was only in the car for a few minutes when I heard the advert on the radio for a trek on the Great Wall of China with Charity Challenge. I was instantly curious... was I brave enough?  I figured there was only one way to find out and only…
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Michelle's Great North Run

Michelle has been working hard to raise funds for The Somerville Foundation all the way through 2017. Altogether, Michelle raised over £1,300, which will allow us to continue to provide invaluable support to congenital heart patients, their…
Roseberry Topping Image by Steven Iceton
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Pauline's Roseberry Topping Challenge

Image Courtesy of Steven Iceton Living with a heart condition has always been a challenge and this has had its ups and downs. Since discovering The Somerville Foundation a number of years ago, I have received a lot of help and advice from…