Sunderland heart group finds new home in church

The Sunderland Cardiac Support Group have a new home in the city, at the Bethany City Church in Bede Tower, Sunderland. Pictured l-r are Barry Cook Sec. and Jim Baker Chirman of Sunderland Cardiac Support Group and Peter Errington Church Support Manager
The Sunderland Cardiac Support Group have a new home in the city, at the Bethany City Church in Bede Tower, Sunderland. Pictured l-r are Barry Cook Sec. and Jim Baker Chirman of Sunderland Cardiac Support Group and Peter Errington Church Support Manager
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A VITAL service providing a lifeline to scores of Wearsiders with heart conditions has found a new permanent home.

Sunderland Cardiac Support Group had been holding its meetings and exercise classes at the Seaburn Centre, on the city’s seafront, after its former base Crowtree Leisure Centre closed earlier this year.

The move proved problematic for the organisation, with many members unable to make the journey across the city to Seaburn.

Now, after a six-month search, the group, which was nominated in last week’s Pride of Wearside awards, has secured gym premises at Bede Tower, part of Bethany Church in Burdon Road, close to the city centre.

After reading of their plight in the Echo, Peter Errington – support manager at the church – contacted them about the potential new base.

Group secretary Barry Cook, 66, said: “It’s been a long, hard slog. We used Crowtree for many years until the council sent us off to the Seaburn Centre.

“It was difficult for members to reach. We have to thank Peter for making this marvellous facility available.”