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2 Volunteers needed for 14 March 2020

We are looking for volunteers to represent The Somerville Foundation and man our stand at two community events that are close to our hearts: One volunteer needed at the Little Hearts Matter  Open Day and AGM - 14 May 2020 in Birmingham…
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An Evening of Soul with Andre Smith

Join us on FRIDAY 1ST MAY 2020 for an Evening of Soul with Andre Smith! WHERE: ST JOHNS CONSERVATIVE CLUB, KIRBY ST, IPSWICH (Get Directions) TIME: 19:00 - Till Late TICKETS: £5 P/P - Admits One Adult Purchase tickets via email to: Lynn.downson5@icloud.com…
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Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis

Find the attached leaflet containing information regarding Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis, which has been supplied by The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP).  The BCCA (British Congenital Cardiac…

Patient Representatives wanted - Congenital Heart Disease Network

The North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man Congenital Heart Disease Network is looking for passionate and motivated patient representatives.  See the below for further details.  For additional information and details on how to apply…

Lottery Results - Friday 13 December 2019

Congratulations to our Friday the 13th Lottery Winner, who has won themselves £1000 from Unity Lottery! Lottery Results from www.unitylottery.co.uk.  What a wonderful way to ring in Christmas!  Play our lottery and raise money to beat…
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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…
Richard Bird

Introducing Richard Bird

Hi everyone, I consider it a great privilege to have been recruited as the new Wellbeing Coordinator for the Somerville Foundation. I’m aware that I have big shoes to fill, since my predecessor, Anne Crump, did such a marvellous job over…

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…

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…

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…
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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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Emily's Story

Name: Emily Sterling Age: 24 Age when diagnosed: 6 weeks old Condition: Bicuspid aortic valve, mixed aortic valve disease (aortic stenosis and regurgitation) In February 2015 (just after my 20th birthday) I had open heart surgery…
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Liza's Story

Name: Liza Morton Age: 41 Age Diagnosed: At birth Condition: Congenital heart block and a surgically fixed atrial septal defect (ASD) Growing up, I tried to focus on the positives but we are our stories and mine emerged from difficulty.…