Preston’s Heartbeat charity ready for big move to new headquarters

MOVING IN: CEO Jill Rogerson with Gerry Hudson, Maurice Cheney, Michelle Hunt, Caroline Dransfield, Jimmy Fisher and Dave Prescott, at the former site of the National Football Museum

MOVING IN: CEO Jill Rogerson with Gerry Hudson, Maurice Cheney, Michelle Hunt, Caroline Dransfield, Jimmy Fisher and Dave Prescott, at the former site of the National Football Museum

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The countdown is on for a Preston heart charity to move into its new base.

Cardiac rehabilitation charity Heartbeat will officially open its new headquarters at the former National Football Museum in Deepdale next month.

The Evening Post launched a campaign at the end of September to raise £37,000 for the organisation.

Heartbeat, which provides rehabilitation, education and research for heart patients in Lancashire, hopes the move to Deepdale from its base in Harris Park Fulwood will not only raise the profile of the charity but also mean it can help more people.

The refit of the building is estimated to cost £285,000, and while the charity has used money from its reserves it urgently needed help from the public to enable to move.

Since the appeal was launched in September the charity has received £22,000 in donations and now needs to raise £15,000 to reach the total.

The official opening on Tuesday February 10 will include a number of local supporters including Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh.

Jill Rogerson, Heartbeat Chief Executive, said: “The major work is complete and we are now at the cleaning and finishing stage and are preparing for our participants to move across towards the end of January.

“We are still looking for corporate sponsors and would welcome the support of Preston organisations to get involved if they feel they can.”

Jill added: “This is an incredibly exciting period for Heartbeat and we are immensely grateful for all the support we have received so far and for what it has allowed us to achieve.” The charity has been based in Harris Park for more than 20 years. The move will see it lease the space from Preston North End and a cafe, called Finney’s, will be run by The Villa at North End.

Heartbeat works with 700 patients every week. It operates across various sites in Lancashire, running classes in local leisure centres to make them accessible for patients, the new centralised location will see all the projects in the Preston area come under one roof.

Heartbeat was founded in 1978 by Keith and Rose Redman who lost their teenaged daughter to heart disease.

How you can help

• Call Heartbeat on 01772 717147

• Visit the Heartbeat offices at Pond House, Harris Park, 253 Garstang Road, Preston

• Send a cheque to HeartbeatNW Cardiac Centre, FREEPOST NWW6598, Preston, PR2 9YZ)

• Visit {http:// www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk|www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk}

• Text a donation, text MAKE37 £5 to 70070

• Visit just giving – {http:// www.justgiving.com/HeartbeatAppeal|www.justgiving.com/HeartbeatAppeal}