History of the CREW heart support group

Hena Kenyon (left) and Hannah Hobson from the Yorkshire Building Society present CREW Heart Support Group acting chairman John Tudor with a defribillator at North Bridge Leisure Centre.
Hena Kenyon (left) and Hannah Hobson from the Yorkshire Building Society present CREW Heart Support Group acting chairman John Tudor with a defribillator at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

Yorkshire Building Society’s charitable foundation has made a heartfelt- and potentiall life-saving - donation to the people of Halifax.

The foundation has donated £1,700 to CREW Heart Support Group, which supports cardiac patients or those at risk of future heart problems.

The cash has paid for a life-saving heart defibrillator which will be taken to the exercise classes and cardiac rehabilitation classes which CREW run at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

It has also paid for an exercise bike and 10 stepping machines.

John Tudor, of CREW, said: “This donation from Yorkshire Building Society could make a very important difference to those who attend the classes and events with Crew Heart Support Group.

“We want to make sure all our members with varying heart conditions are in safe hands but aren’t prevented from enjoying themselves whilst continuing with the vital exercise programmes at North Bridge Leisure Centre. The new machines will also be a great addition to the services we offer and should help our members on the road to better health.”

A group of volunteers from CREW attended a course run by Cardiac Rehabilitation Services and West Yorkshire Ambulance’s defibrillator training officer, Dave Jones to learn how to use the equipment as well as basic CPR techniques.

Two members of staff from Yorkshire Building Society’s Halifax branch will also join in.

Hena Kenyon, of Yorkshire Building Society’s Halifax branch, said: “The services, help and support this charity offers are incredibly valuable and I’m delighted that Yorkshire Building Society is doing what it can to ensure it can offer the very best care is on offer.”