There are lots of ways you can support the Helping Hearts appeal. You can join us in a challenge to keep us company during the hard miles, get fit and look after your own heart, or you can leave a message of support on our blog, both of which would be brilliant.
But ultimately, what will make the world of difference to people with heart problems in Bristol is money. If you join us in a challenge, get your friends, family and work to sponsor you, and if you can, dip into your pockets yourselves to donate – it all helps. And if your run a business or if you think your work could help even more, have a look at the “Get involved” and “The 1 in 1,000 Pledge” tabs in this section.
In these times of austerity it’s often hard to find spare cash. But think of it this way. Giving just 15p a day would translate to a fiver over a month. 15p. That’s a bite of a bar of chocolate, or a swig of a pint of beer.
It’s not much, is it? But to that family sitting in the coronary care unit, knowing their loved one is going to be in good hands because of the money you’ve given, it means everything.
What your money could buy
£1.50 – Toiletries, such as a tube of toothpaste. It sounds pretty basic, but when you’re suddenly admitted to hospital and you’ve nothing with you, the simplest of things can make a big difference and help give you a little bit of dignity.
£10 – A drinking beaker with a lid. So a patient can drink in their hospital bed without spilling it down themselves. Easy enough at most times, not so much when you’re recovering from a heart attack.
£50 – A blood glucose kit, to test levels of glucose in the blood.
£110 to £150 – A mobile drip stand, to hold medical equipment and fluid bags.
£200 – Portable sphygmomanometer (a blood pressure machine, to you and me). The CCU and cardiology wards would love to have a portable, manual BP machine.
£575 – Chairs. Patients can’t be stuck in bed all day, and visitors need somewhere to sit.
£1,200 – Mobile ECG (electrocardiogram) monitoring equipment, which can be put on any patient and allows staff to monitor their heart rhythm during activity, such as walking up and down the ward.
£4,800 – A portable ECG machine. Different from mobile ECG equipment, this will monitor the heart beat and take a trace of the heart.
£7,000 – A complete heart monitoring system. The thing above a patient’s bed that makes all the beeping noises. Does everything – blood pressure, tracing of the heart beat, tests oxygen saturation levels, takes ECGs and can also be used for invasive procedures, such as arterial lines or central venous lines, which allow fluid balances in the heart to be checked and the continuous monitoring of blood pressure through an artery.
£20,000 – A portable echocardiogram machine. The ultimate fundraising goal. Using echo waves, this looks at the structure of the heart and tests how well it functions. It can tell if a patient is in heart failure, the size of ventricles or how heart valves are working. Doctors can use it on the ward, rather than waiting to go elsewhere.
The Helping Hearts appeal doesn’t have a fundraising target, but every penny we can raise will help make somebody’s life a little bit better.