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Sarah’s Story

Living with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum OHS at two days old (1980) and three years old (1983) So here I go – finally putting pen to paper after all these years. I have recently been inspired by so many people who I…
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CHD - Isolating During a Global Pandemic: A personal approach

James Cobb shares with us his perspectives on and experiences of isolating during the global pandemic... The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been a tragedy for society; families have lost loved ones and friends have lost great friends. I…

Chicane Internet Partnership

In 2019 we entered into a corporate partnership with Chicane Internet. We are really grateful to have their support, especially during the global pandemic. We spoke to Robert Kemp about why Chicane have chosen The Somerville Foundation as their…
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Mental Health Awareness Week 18 - 24 May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This week think of an act of kindness you can reflect on or carry out. Share your thoughts and pictures with us. They don’t have to be big things, it can be as simple as sharing an inspirational…
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COVID 19 ACHD Webinar Q & A Panel Responses

On the 8th of April 2020 Professor Michael Gatzoulis facilitated a webinar on Covid-19 and ACHD with colleagues from the Lombardy region of Italy. Below are the answers to the questions that were posed to the panel. Question: What is my risk…
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Robert's 26 Flights for 26 days

  Robert Kemp, Chicane Connect MD has decided to embark on 26 flights for 26 days in order to raise funds for The Somerville Foundation.  Chicane Connect has proudly supported The Somerville Foundation for many years. Robert…
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Take part in the 2.6 Challenge - Save Our Charity!

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Save your Charity - join in the 2.6 Challenge!

We Need You! From 26th April the 2.6 challenge is inviting you to set your own personal two-six fundraising challenge. This could be running 26 laps of your garden, painting 26 pictures, creating a made-to-measure couture outfit from 26 pairs…
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Help to save your Charity - Join the 2.6 Challenge!

Help us to Save the UK’s Charities! The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities, like the Somerville Foundation depend on income from fundraising…
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Join the 2.6 Challenge - It's gonna be Epic!

Help us to Save the UK’s Charities! The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities, like the Somerville Foundation depend on income from fundraising…
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Living through a global pandemic with a chronic health condition: how to protect your mental health

Author: Dr Liza Morton Like many people living with a serious medical condition my complex cardiac history puts me at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Initially, I struggled to find expert advice during a fast moving situation…

We are Here to Help

We know that the vital support we offer is needed now more than ever, and we hope that with your help we can remain sustainable and available to help more adults with ACHD now and in the years to come. Together, we can beat this! Although…

Live Webinar - Covid 19 and Congenital Heart Disease

Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020 @ 2pm BST  streamed via Livemedia Professor Michael Gatzoulis will be facilitating a Webinar on Covid-19 and ACHD with colleagues from the Lombardy region of Italy.  They are kindly sharing their experience…

The Somerville Foundation - Covid-19 Appeal

  Dear Supporter  We trust that you are all taking care in the current climate and please be assured that we are working extremely hard to represent you, our patients, and your families at this difficult time. There has never…

Havercroft Have Heart

Havercroft Construction Ltd raised a fantastic £3,825.00 for The Somerville Foundation during the time they were in Ipswich. We spoke to Jon Patrick, Site Manager, about the Ipswich project and what’s next for Havercroft Construction… Tell…

Information and links on Coronavirus

Last Updated: Tuesday 17 March 2020 COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. Please view our coronavirus page for more useful information and links. As there is no specific…
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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…

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