New seaside home for Sunderland heart group

Jim Baker, Chairman of the Sunderland Cardiac Support Group with Secretary Barry Cook, right, outside the group's new home the Seaburn Centre.
Jim Baker, Chairman of the Sunderland Cardiac Support Group with Secretary Barry Cook, right, outside the group's new home the Seaburn Centre.
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SUNDERLAND Cardiac Support Group has gone to the seaside.

The group, which provides exercise classes and support for recovering heart patients across Sunderland, has swapped its old venue at Crowtree Leisure Centre for a new home on the coast.

“We have relocated,” said secretary Barry Cook. “We are now in the exercise suite on the first floor of the Seaburn Centre.

“We have been given the use of the Wellness Centre’s equipment.”

Organisers are keen to get news of the move out as widely as possible.

“Apart from the exercise classes, we have a social side too, so we have got quite a big membership, and we are trying to contact everybody to let them know,” said Barry.

The group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has been forced to move by the impending closure of Crowtree, which is due to be demolished.

“It is sad that Crowtree is closing, but we have got to move,” said Barry. “The council did say they would find us somewhere and this is the nearest alternative. At least we’ve got somewhere.”