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THANKS FOR DROPPING IN!

We’re so glad to see you. We need your help now more than ever to create a society where those born with a heart condition receive the support and medical care they need to lead longer, happier and healthier lives. Visit our FAQ's section for any questions on membership or require assistance signing up. [/av_textblock] [av_toggle_container initial='0' mode='accordion' sort='' styling='av-minimal-toggle' colors='' font_color='' background_color='' border_color='' av_uid='av-kmkiwj7o'] [av_toggle title='Why Join Our Membership Scheme?' tags='' av_uid='av-6l8do6']

We’d love you to be part of our community! Knowing more about you helps us provide the best support and you need to be a Member to access some resources.

How much does it cost?

It’s completely free to be a ‘Friend’. Donations are always most welcome and although our services are free to access; they are not free to run. Your donations ensure the future of ACHD support for years to come and help us to deliver and expand essential services across the country.

For those keen and able to support our work we have 'Supporter' and 'Patron' Membership tiers. These will help build an annual income that makes our future more stable and means we can provide more support where needed.

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View our membership options below and select the sign up button to register/complete your profile.

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Free to Join!

Click the Sign-Up button below.

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A wide range of benefits:

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Friend - FREE!

Want to share similar experiences? Welcome to this community - enjoy access to peer support & mentoring, mental health & wellbeing counselling... & more!  You can upgrade your Membership tier whenever you wish. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Advocacy and Peer Support' tags='' av_uid='av-4aou9qr'] Private social media groups specifically for the CHD community - a great way to meet others with CHD and a place for confidential discussion and support and meeting others in similar situations who "just get it". Proven to be one of the best ways of reducing isolation, improving mental health and helping to establish coping mechanisms. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Access to Wellbeing Counsellor' tags='' av_uid='av-3srmtgz'] Whether living with a CHD for a long time or just being diagnosed, we understand day to day living with CHD can be very distressing. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Counsellor can offer some support. Our Counsellor was born with a heart condition too and so understands some of the difficulties and anxieties around living with a heart condition. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Coaguchek Machine Facilitation' tags='' av_uid='av-3ixdwj7'] Once your healthcare team have agreed you are a suitable candidate for self-testing and you are able to obtain prescriptions for the strips, we are able to supply you with a Coaguchek machine. These can either be purchased outright at a specially discounted rate or you can pay in instalments (initial deposit, followed by 10 monthly instalments of around £20 per month or, if eligible, you can apply for a grant for full-funding of a machine. To find out more, email: finance@thesf.org.uk [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='GUCH News' tags='' av_uid='av-nt3wvp'] We publish our newsletter quarterly. It is packed full of articles and information about CHD, some written by those living with a heart condition who have had the courage to share their stories. The online version is emailed to our members free of charge each quarter. If you would like to share your experiences, we’d love to hear from you! [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Employment Law Specialist' tags='' av_uid='av-33qy9ir'] Our lawyer can provide free initial advice and is available to support our CHD patients with concerns regarding work Get in touch with the office: admin@thesf.org.uk and we’ll put you in touch. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Life and Travel Insurance Brokers' tags='' av_uid='av-id1vwz'] One of our nurse specialists worked with this travel insurance company to better understand the needs of a CHD patient and the impact a CHD can have when travelling. To get a quote from a company that understands more about CHD and not just about NOT covering you when on holiday get a quote via this link. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Financial Support' tags='' av_uid='av-6vfbjq'] Though we are unable to provide ongoing financial support we do have a Support Fund that can help CHD patients who are going through a particularly difficult time. These are one-off grants for those in financial difficulty that meet the eligibility criteria. We can provide funds for items/expenses that can make a real difference. Email: finance@thesf.org.uk for an application form. You will be asked to provide evidence of ACHD and being in financial difficulty. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Information and Guidance' tags='' av_uid='av-sjmgj9'] Dedicated resources on our website and social media platforms. Our membership area has lots of help and guidance for living with CHD, including information and leaflets on specific conditions, blogs and a resource section with lots of downloadable aticles such as ‘Me, My heart and anxiety’, ‘Coping and living well’, ‘preparing for and coping with surgery’ and ‘Dealing with deterioration in health’. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Events' tags='' av_uid='av-1zmvdqr'] Invitations to webinars and online events as well as our ‘physical’ ones:

Online/Virtual:

Our private social media groups offer Zoom sessions too, there have been crafting, ‘coffee and chat’, quizzes and wellbeing zoom sessions too. We are starting to run webinars to inform patients and allay their concerns during this difficult period. We are running webinars on lots of different subjects and topics that you have told us you want to know more about. Take part in our challenges; our February Footsteps is an annual patient group challenge to encourage CHD patients to get out in the fresh air and walk, which is also good for mental health too whilst raising funds to support our work.

Physical:

Our annual patient conference (when gatherings of around 100 people are allowed again), area/disease specific seminars, meet ups and social gatherings. These are a great way of finding out more about what is happening in the world of congenital cardiology, hear other patients stories, discuss with your peers the issues faced by fellow CHDers. There are ACHD specialist talks, Somerville Foundation up-dates, taster sessions to try and plenty of like-minded ACHD compatriots to meet and chat with. Sadly our annual patient conference costs in excess of £12,000 with many who book not turning up, so we need to ask for a small contribution towards the costs of these in future. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Research' tags='' av_uid='av-1gqw7qr'] We are often asked by healthcare Professionals in the field of congenital Cardiology to signpost people to their research. They are seeking for willing participants to shape the future of CHD care. You can make a difference by taking part in their research; or our own; to improve services for CHD patients now and in the future. [/av_toggle] [/av_toggle_container] [/av_cell_one_third][av_cell_one_third vertical_align='top' padding='30px' padding_sync='true' background='bg_color' background_color='#002776' background_gradient_color1='' background_gradient_color2='' background_gradient_direction='vertical' src='' attachment='' attachment_size='' background_attachment='scroll' background_position='top left' background_repeat='no-repeat' link='' linktarget='' link_hover='' mobile_display='' av_uid='av-pk3a8m'] [av_image src='https://thesf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Supporter-Sign-Up-1-300x300.jpg' attachment='15897' attachment_size='medium' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='_blank' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-klebud8g' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_image src='https://thesf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/MembershipHeartSnip.jpg' attachment='13388' attachment_size='full' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-kla0t5rf' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_textblock size='' font_color='custom' color='#ffffff' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-kla0wn1f' admin_preview_bg='']

£5 Monthly, £15 Quarterly or £60 PA

Click the appropriate Sign-Up below.

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All the benefits of being a ‘Friend’ plus:

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Supporter - £60 PA

For less than the COST of A coffee a week. Now that’s what we call value for money! Choose from monthly payments of £5, quarterly payment of £15 or annual payment of £60. Includes all the benefits of the Friend Membership tier plus a number of additional benefits. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Subsidised MedicAlert Membership' tags='' av_uid='av-lbmh77'] A £10 subsidised discount off annual MedicAlert Membership. MedicAlert is the only UK charity providing life-saving medical ID services. During an emergency every second counts. Your MedicAlert ID, worn on your pulse points, is engraved with your most important information to ensure appropriate initial care decisions are made by those caring for you. Your full medical record obtained quickly via MedicAlert’s 24/7 emergency line. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Free Place at our Annual Patient Event' tags='' av_uid='av-30xw8m'] Our annual patient conference (when gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed again) are a great way of finding out more about what is happening in the world of congenital cardiology, hear other patients’ stories, discuss with your peers the issues faced by follow CHDers. There are ACHD specialist talks, Somerville Foundation up-dates, lots of interesting taster sessions to try and plenty of like-minded ACHD compatriots and families to meet and chat with. This event costs around £12,000 and you are offered a free place as part of your annual membership. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Printed copy Heart Month Newsletter' tags='' av_uid='av-454852'] We publish our quarterly newsletter online but during ‘Heart’ month, in February we will send you a specially professionally printed version by post. Packed full of articles and information about CHD, some written by those found the courage to share their stories. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='Lapel pin Badge' tags='' av_uid='av-149v2sl'] A choice of our lovely blue and red pin badge: Pin Badges or our ‘Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve’ bracelet: Heart Bracelet All presented in a lovely folder to your door. Please do let us know if you would rather not receive this, we are happy to help the environment and save costs at the same time! [/av_toggle] [/av_toggle_container] [/av_cell_one_third][av_cell_one_third vertical_align='top' padding='30px' padding_sync='true' background='bg_color' background_color='#002776' background_gradient_color1='' background_gradient_color2='' background_gradient_direction='vertical' src='' attachment='' attachment_size='' background_attachment='scroll' background_position='top left' background_repeat='no-repeat' link='' linktarget='' link_hover='' mobile_display='' av_uid='av-pk3a8m'] [av_image src='https://thesf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Patron-Sign-Up-1-300x300.jpg' attachment='15898' attachment_size='medium' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-klebud8g' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_image src='https://thesf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/MembershipHeartSnip.jpg' attachment='13388' attachment_size='full' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-kla0t5rf' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_textblock size='' font_color='custom' color='#ffffff' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-kla0wn1f' admin_preview_bg='']

£62.50 Quarterly or £250 PA

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All the benefits of the other tiers plus:

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The Rolls Royce of all our Membership tiers that includes entry to our annual V.I.P dinner with our network of specialists

Choose from quarterly payments of £62.50 or annual payment of £250.
The Patron membership Option includes all the benefits of the Friends and Supporters levels, PLUS the opportunity to dine with doctors and well known medical experts and professionals in cardiology, psychology industries etc at our exclusive ‘Dinner with the Docs’ event*.
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Meet with some of the country’s leading cardiologists & VIPs at exclusive events and join in with topical discussions. Once restrictions are lifted we are hoping to arrange ‘dinner with the docs’; an evening of topical conversation in the world of congenital cardiology.
You also get the option of choosing from  a Pin badge or WYHOYS bracelet
If you would like to arrange other payment options, please email us at finance@thesf.org.uk
[/av_toggle] [/av_toggle_container] [/av_cell_one_third][/av_layout_row][av_section min_height='' min_height_px='500px' padding='no-padding' shadow='no-border-styling' bottom_border='no-border-styling' bottom_border_diagonal_color='#333333' bottom_border_diagonal_direction='' bottom_border_style='' custom_arrow_bg='' id='' color='main_color' background='bg_color' custom_bg='#002776' background_gradient_color1='' background_gradient_color2='' background_gradient_direction='vertical' src='' attachment='' attachment_size='' attach='scroll' position='top left' repeat='no-repeat' video='' video_ratio='16:9' overlay_opacity='0.5' overlay_color='' overlay_pattern='' overlay_custom_pattern='' av_element_hidden_in_editor='0' av_uid='av-kmaiiqqy'] [av_textblock size='8' font_color='custom' color='#ffffff' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-kla3r2ei' admin_preview_bg=''] By becoming a member of The Somerville Foundation, you will have access to our patient services and dedicated area on our website. This membership does not give you any voting rights or entitle you to privileged access to the board, trustees or other members. We reserve the right to terminate the membership of anyone who does not comply with our policies. Read full Terms & Privacy Policy. [/av_textblock] [/av_section]