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Fundraising goes GREEN!

The Somerville office team recently held a Charity Plant Sale and raised an incredible £397! Fundraising can be fun and you can do it anywhere...even from your front yard! Every penny raised goes straight into providing much-needed services…

Important Alert for those with Mechanical Heart Valves

The NHS has put out a “Safety Alert” in respect of the anti-coagulation medication for this type of valve in light of some patients having been moved from Warfarin. If you have a mechanical valve and are not currently taking warfarin as…

Welcoming Neil Hunting - Our Official 2021 London Marathon Runner!

We are simply over the moon to officially announce Neil Hunting as our London Marathon runner for 2021! Neil has started his training for the Marathon which is on 3rd of October and will be sharing his progress with us. Neil has previously…
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Survey: Congenital Heart Disease Priority Setting Partnership

Have YOUR say on the future of Congenital Heart Disease research! A national study has been launched to identify and prioritise the areas of future research in congenital heart disease that are most important to patients, their families,…

Amazon Prime Day 21 - 22 June '21

AMAZON PRIME DAY IS ON FROM 21 - 22 JUNE! Prime members who shop Amazon Prime Day deals from 21st – 22nd June can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop HERE or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile will…

Survey Responses - Cardiology 2022 Curriculum Survey

We have provided responses below explaining further detail regarding the completion of the Cardiology 2022 Curriculum Survey by the 20th of June 2021. We hope this will give information as to what the differences will be to ACHD services should…

Save the date - 2021 Virtual Conference

Our 2021 Annual Conference will be taking place on the 9th of October. This years conference will be held virtually. Agenda to be confirmed, watch this space!  
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TAKE THE SURVEY: Cardiology 2022 Curriculum Survey

Your vote is URGENTLY needed! ACHD CARDIOLOGY IS AT RISK! Your say can shape the future of ACHD services, or they will VANISH! We need as many people, not just ACHD patients to take part in this survey! The deadline to participate is the 20th…

World Heart Rhythm Week

This week is #WorldHeartRhythmWeek ! 💙❤️ Know your Pulse To Know Your Heart Rhythm. It could save your life! Raise awareness and share this post 🙌🏼 #ListenToYourHeart  
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RUN 2021

RUN – London Marathon – 3 October 2021 Takes place 3 October 2021 in London – Run one of the worlds most coveted races and raise money for young people and adults born with a heart condition. £120 Reg fee, £2500 minimum to raise. This…

Design a Card for our Shop

Get creative and use your artistic flair for a good cause! If you would like to submit a design but are not yet a member, sign-up here.

Our Summer '21 Newsletter is out!

The summer edition of our newsletter is out! Available to view in the Members Area. Not yet a member? No problem, sign-up here! In the May issue: spotlight on specialist centre, inspiring stories and much more!
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London Marathon 2021

Psst. Looking for a place in the #LondonMarathon - 3 October 21? Take part in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon and Support The Somerville Foundation! The world-famous 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is taking place on Sunday…
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Ideas to Inspire You #CaptainTom100

A year ago Captain Tom completed his famous 100 laps of his garden and his legacy lives on today! Join us over his birthday weekend of 30 April to 3 May and participate in the #DoItYourWay 100 Challenge. The challenge is based around the…
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Do It Your Way 2021 - #CaptainTom100

Remember the 2.6 challenge last year?  In recognition of the loss of income for charities, this year the organisers of the 2.6 challenge and Captain Tom's family have got together to help other charities raise much needed funds over the weekend…

Covid 19 & ACHD Concerns Webinar – Part 2

Our first Covid 19 & ACHD Concerns Webinar was so popular we’re running it again! Register at to join a new panel of specialists answering more of your questions at 6pm on 25.02.21.

Join Us

Friend Supporter Patron Completely Free! Be part of the CHD community for; > advocacy and peer support > access to wellbeing counselling > Coaguchek machine facilitation > employment…

1 Million Feb Foot Steps for TSF

To mark Heart month this February, we have created the challenge of walking 1,000,000 steps for the Somerville Foundation.  The aim is for our community of patients and supporters to get outside and walk, and together we will try to reach 1…

ACHD and pregnancy

ACHD and pregnancy webinar coming up from the Royal Brompton Hospital on 1st February at 2pm  

Covid-19 Concerns Webinar – 28/01/21

Click on the following Zoom link to join this webinar on 28.01.21 at 6pm where a panel of ACHD Specialists will be answering questions around Covid-19 concerns:

Thank You to our doctors & nurses

We sent a copy of this NHS - Thank You to all the ACHD Teams earlier this month in recognition of a very difficult 2020 and with hope for a brighter 2021: Image courtesy of David Makinson - our very own 'Banksy'!

Eat, Shop, Save

A healthy lifestyle is particularly important for those born with a heart condition.  Eat, Shop, Save is looking for applicants for a summer series.  It helps families facing ‘modern life burnout’ by looking at their diet, finances, fitness…


Congenital Cardiac Disease Review – Patient Experience – Scotland Our research panel is calling on members to complete a questionnaire to support the review of specialist congenital cardiac services in Scotland. Please complete the questionnaire…

New membership scheme set for 2021

The Somerville's new membership scheme is set to go live in February 2021. Insert letter here.

Run the Royal Parks Half 2021 for #TeamTheSF

Join our team and raise awareness for people born with a heart condition! The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on the 10th of October 2021; with routes through four of central London’s most beautiful parks; all on closed roads. Join…

Funding Announcement

Announcement Date: 29 October 2020 We were absolutely thrilled to hear that we have been awarded over £43,000 of Government funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of the Coronavirus Community Support…

Let your voice be heard!

We Need Your VOICES! We need your VIDEOS! We need Your PICTURES! We need your WORDS! Be part of our new Hearts, Minds and COVID19 Campaign. Tell us in a voice clip or video how being part of The Somerville Foundation Community has helped…
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VE Day 2020 - 75th Year Anniversary

VE Day 2020 takes place this Friday the 8th of May in the UK. This year, it will be on a Bank Holiday - a decision that was made specially to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and…
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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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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…

An Evening of Soul with Andre Smith

Join us for an Evening of Soul with Andre Smith! DATE: 24 July 2021 (government restrictions dependant)  TIME: 19:00 - Till Late TICKETS: £5 P/P - Admits One Adult Purchase tickets via email to: or Tel: 01473 724357 Raffle…
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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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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…

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…

Annual Conference 2019 Liverpool

Hearts & Minds: Supporting the mental health of congenital heart patients We very much hope that you will be able to join us for our Annual Conference which this year will be held in Liverpool. Our focus for this conference is on mental…

Press Refresh - Mindful Relaxation

Mindful relaxation: using our imagination to soothe ourselves and de-stress. 14th March 2019 - ECHO Office, Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street, London SE1 7LL Places must…
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Campaigning in Scotland

We are working with service providers and relevant stakeholders to improve health care provision. On our behalf, as our voluntary Scottish Campaign Manager, Dr Liza Morton sits on NHS Scotland’s Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board &…

GLASGOW Nightrider 2019

NIGHTRIDER™ GLASGOW 2019 Date: 22/23 June 2019 Distance: 50km or 100km REGISTER NOW  After the success of the inaugural Glasgow Nightrider in May 2018, the iconic charity bike ride is returning to Scotland in 2019. You can be a part…

LONDON Nightrider 2019

Last chance to join our team NIGHTRIDER™ LONDON 2019 Date: 8 / 9 June 2019 Distance: 50km or 100km Nightrider is celebrating its 10th anniversary in London 2019, and you can be a part of this special cycle challenge! Taking place throughout…

NHS England proposals for congenital heart defects services consultation

Now closed, NHS England proposals for congenital heart disease services consultation In February 2017, NHS England as the public body responsible for commissioning specialised congenital heart services, launched a consultation to ensure excellent…
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Scarred for life

Scarred FOR Life Scarred FOR Life is a special photo exhibition sharing the problems and heartache that accompany living with a heart condition, both mental and physical. The first Scarred FOR Life exhibition was held in 2015 at the Kelvingrove…

Scarred for Life - Scotland

  A Celebration of Life Scarred FOR Life is an exciting new project - a special photo exhibition of adults born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) baring their scars in celebration of life. The project was run in Scotland by three…