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…
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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…