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The Big Interview: Heart Support group is still beating five years on

A group which supports people with heart conditions is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Beat It! East Midlands was set up by Gini Dellow and Dr Andrew Houghton in the town. Gini has arrythmia and for many years she suffered from fainting. It was her condition which motivated her to set up the group to help others in the region. Gini is now studying for a Masters Degree in Health Psychology at Buckingham University.Here she tells the Journal how the group has developed and helps people with a range of heart conditions.

Are you doing anything to mark the fifth anniversary of Beat It! in Grantham?

We really want to do a talk somewhere in the town on heart health for the community early in the new year and to raise awareness as much as anything because I think we still need to. I am looking for venues. We will have a talk by a consultant cardiologist on something that is really relevant. Everyone is on a health drive in the new year so that’s the idea behind the timing and I would really like to see other groups involved. If we could pull the community together to do this and get some sponsors behind it. Maybe LIVES could do some CPR training and we could have some stalls. I can see a really brilliant community thing where you have a keynote and then maybe other little workshops as well such as the CPR session and I could do something on motivation. But the town would have to pull together. I think it would be a good way to kickstart Grantham in the new year and a great way to mark our anniversary.

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