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Heart support charity closes after 32 years

By Vaseline May26,2024

A charity that raised almost £60,000 for the cardiology department at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has closed.

The Copthorne Cickers were formed in 1992, after a group of patients met in the coronary and rehabilitation ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Before the charity closed, a final donation of £6,000 was made to the trust.

The trust’s director of public engagement, Julia Clarke, thanked the charity, saying it had “made a huge difference to the lives of patients and their relatives”.

“Over the years the group has purchased specialist chairs, ECG and C Pap machines, blood pressure monitors, rehabilitation equipment and patient TVs,” says Jenny Worley, chair of the Copthorne Cickers.

The charity, which was affiliated with the British Heart Foundation, funded the equipment for the trust through donations, raffles and an annual harvest festival and auction.

Although the charity arm is closing, the group will still meet in a social capacity.

It is open to anyone who has had a heart problem, including their friends and family, and meets the third Thursday of every month at Crowmoor Baptist Church.

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