ITV London visits our Greenwich cardiac service

Glynis Carpenter with Dan Hewitt in the gym at the Waterfront Leisure Centre
Glynis Carpenter with Dan Hewitt in the gym at the Waterfront Leisure Centre

A film crew from ITV London yesterday interviewed one of our patients whose life has been turned around by our cardiac rehabilitation classes.

The filming, at the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich, was for ITV's Text Santa -  their annual charity fundraiser.

The aim was to showcase the work of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which funds the post of Sue Duggan, our Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse. The BHF is one of six charities supported by Text Santa.

Glynis Carpenter, from Eltham, is a manager at Marks & Spencer's in Beckenham. She told ITV London's Dan Hewitt that the Friday afternoon classes at the Waterfront had brought her back from a very scary place following her heart attack last January: "My mother was getting over bowel cancer and my sister had recently died from a brain tumour. I had my heart attack while I was asleep, and it left me in a very bad place, very frightened and not able to move from room to room unless I had my medication with me. My GP referred me to the Friday class and little by little, through gentle exercises and the constant reassurance of the cardiac team, I gained confidence.

"I can't measure how important the classes were. It would have taken me two or three years to achieve what the team here managed in an eight week programme. They helped me to get rid of the fear that was holding me back and I can't thank them enough."

Now back at work full time, Glynis says she has regained her love of life and confidence: "It knocked me for six, but I'm 80% back to the person I was and I'm looking forward to Christmas and the New Year."

The climax of the Text Santa appeal is a three hour long television show to be broadcast on ITV from 8pm tonight. All funds raised will be divided equally between its six chosen charities: BHF, Age UK, Barnado's, Clic Sargent, Beat Bullying and Help the Hospices. ITV are hoping to raise around £1 million for each charity. Donations will go to specific projects so supporters can see exactly how their money will make a difference. To date, Text Santa has raised almost £10 million for charity.

You can watch Dan's news report broadcast 19.12.13 on the ITV London website.
If you would like to support the BHF, or any of the Text Santa charities, just text SANTA to 70070 to donate £5.

Published on 19th December 2013