The Kingston Cardiac Support Trust was formed in 1991 by Dr.Culling, the Senior Cardiac Consultant at Kingston Hospital, and four former cardiac patients - all of whom had suffered a heart attack and three had undergone heart bypass operations.
Dr. Culling also established a Support Group for cardiac patients and their families, with attendances of 30 to 50 people at each monthly meeting. The meetings have a varied programme of guest speakers, many of whom are members of the hospital staff who give their time voluntarily, and include visits by Consultant Cardiologists from St. George's Hospital at Tooting, where many of Kingston's cardiac patients go for angioplasty or for bypass surgery. Following Dr.Culling's retirement, Dr. Pakrashi is the Senior Cardiac Consultant and Dr. Pakrashi, or another Cardiac Consultant, is always available at the Group Meetings to answer questions and to provide advice to cardiac patients and their partners. Copies of the Programme of speakers are available at the Group Meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Kingston Hospital, and on the hospital's website.
The reason for forming the Trust was to provide an independent mechanism for raising funds, receiving donations and handling monies for the provision of specialist medical equipment for the Cardiology Department at Kingston Hospital not provided by the NHS. There are currently eight active Trustees who, with two or three members of the Support Group, manage the affairs of the Trust. All are unpaid volunteers who pay their own expenses.
Other members of the Support Group run a Phase 4 'Fitness Club, which meets on three evenings a week in the hospital's physiotherapy gymnasium. These meetings are supervised by fully qualified members of Kingston and St. George's Hospitals. The Trust provided the funds to get the Club started, and its usefulness is now widely acknowledged by the hospital team and by local doctors. Additional equipment has been purchased by the Club, and surplus funds have very kindly been donated to Trust funds.
Other members of the Support Group visit cardiac patients on the wards to deliver leaflets and handouts about the Group and the Trust, and to give those patients support and encouragement to a full recovery.
Since the Trust was formed the Trustees have raised or received over £500,000. This has enabled the Trustees to find the purchase of many items of specialist cardiac equipment, including the following -
The Chief Executive has confirmed the Hospital Trust's commitment to the continued provision of cardiac services at Kingston Hospital. Angiograms are carried out on Bronte Ward, and the Cardiac Outpatients Unit on the ground floor provides echocardiograms and other diagnostic services.
There is an ongoing need for the Trustees to continue to raise funds for the purchase of specialist equipment for the Cardiac Department at Kingston Hospital which is not otherwise available under the NHS in accordance with the Objects of the Trust Deed. The Trustees have recently paid for additional heart monitors costing c.£16,000 and has agreed to pay for an Echocardiogram Archive, which will provide improved management flexibility and treatment, at a cost of c.£50,000.
The Trust's main fund-raising events have included Teddy Bear Lotteries, an annual Bed-Push three times around Kingston Town Centre, the sale of Christmas cards, Carol Collections at local railway stations during December, and a draw and charity auction at the Group Christmas Party.
Since the Trust was formed many very generous bequests and donations have been received, including the following (in alphabetical order) -
Capt. David Colley MN Mrs. M Tolley
Mr Edward Bentall Old Bebonians Rugby Club
Mrs Barbara Henning Richmond Parish Lands Charity
Barclays Bank Rotary Club of New Malden
Mrs J Damle Rotary Club of Kew
Fulwell Golf Club J Sainsbury
Mr Graves The St. Pauls Players, Chessington
Hampton Homecare Health Trust The Bookshop, Hampton
Kingston Lions International Unichem
Kingston Nursing Association Union Texas
Marks and Spencer Waitrose local branches
Moves Fitness WRVS, Kingston Hospital
The Trustees are very grateful for the donations and for the support which they have received from these and from many other organisations.
In addition, donations received 'In Memoriam' and bequests have totalled well over £150,000.
For further information about the Trust or the Support Group Meetings please contact W John Reed on 0208 398 2315 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Charity No. 1004975