Practical support when you need it most.

If you have a heart condition, it is possible that, at some time in your life, you may encounter problems in your job, or face difficulties when applying for work.

Good employers are supportive and understanding. But there are those who are less helpful, and you could find yourself facing employment issues related to your condition.

Furthermore, there may come a time in your life when you are in need of financial help but don’t know where to turn.

At The Somerville Foundation, we support you through life’s practical challenges, and help you to live as normally as possible.

A fund aimed at helping those in financial hardship.

See if you are eligible, send an email to:

Call our  heart helpline for confidential heart-to-heart support.
0300 015 1998

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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