When it comes to support, sometimes it is done best face-to-face.

Whether you’re a congenital heart patient, or care about someone who is, we’ve got lots of information to help you. But sometimes you just want to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.

That’s why, at The Somerville Foundation, we help our volunteers to run self-organised social groups via Meetup; a handy app that lets you create your own CHD community in your local area.

If you’d like to talk to us about helping with, or creating a new Meetup, please let us know.  


Create a new Meetup!

No Meetups in your area? Let us know!

We’re always interesting in building our Meetup network to better meet the needs of our members. And, once we know there is a need for a group near you, we’ll do everything we can to create one

Register your interest in joining a local Meetup

Call our free heart helpline for confidential heart-to-heart support.
0800 854 759

How can you help us?


With your help, we’ve helped fund new and improved treatments for congenital heart disease. we opened the UK’s first dedicated Congenital Heart Research Centre. we’ve organised receptions at the House of Lords and House of Commons, a film première, concerts, parachute jumps, marathon runs, annual sponsored walks and masquerade balls. we ensure that adult CHD patients enjoy access to every opportunity, are free from discrimination, and are fully supported throughout their lives. we’ve staged annual conferences, regional patient information days and workshops throughout the UK. we’ve published a range of leaflets for CHD patients on a wide-range of topics. we’ve launched a Freephone patient helpline to provide practical advice, a listening ear, and emotional reassurance at times of stress. we’ve created online networks where congenital heart patients can connect with each other. we successfully applied for a Comic Relief grant to help develop mental health support services. we’ve contributed to adult congenital heart disease nurse training days and taken part in various study days and conferences for medical and health professionals. we’ve established a benevolent fund for members who are in financial hardship. we’ve organised residential weekends and outward bound holidays for teenagers and adults, providing congenital heart patients with the opportunity to meet and gain support from each other.

Just think what else we could do if you donate, fundraise or volunteer for us.


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