Sunderland heart group needs new home

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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A LIFELINE group is looking for a new home as it marks a milestone anniversary.

For 20 years, Sunderland Cardiac Support Group has been a vital service for Wearsiders who have been affected by heart disease, as well as their families and carers.

But members are finding it difficult to attend meetings after the group was forced to move to the Seaburn Centre in March, following the closure of Crowtree Leisure Centre, its home of 15 years.

Now, the charity is appealing for help in finding city-centre premises to make its support meetings and exercise classes more accessible.

Chairman Jim Baker said: “When we were based in Crowtree, we had 130 people doing the exercise classes over the course of a week, but that number has dropped considerably since we moved.

“It’s too far for them to attend, when before they could just get one bus or Metro to the meetings. The exercise is just one side of what we do.

“The support meetings are a real focus and support for people affected by heart disease.”

The council offered the group the use of the Seaburn Centre, but has told them it does not have any city-centre premises.

Secretary Barry Cook said: “We’re a charity, so we’re looking for premises with reasonable rent.”

l Any businesses which can help are asked to contact Barry on 565 6892