Heart Care Club Sponsored Walk

Sunday 3rd April 2022


Macie Edkins-Wherry handed over the 4th cheque of £370 to Lyn who runs the Island Heart Care Club , we hope this helps a little to carry on doing all the fabulous things you do to help Island heart patients , you know this means a lot to me too , help every heart beat.

Thanks Marie from all the members of the Heart Care Club.

30th January 2022

Around sixty members took part in the walk. A very sunny, but cold day greeted the walkers at the start point in Shide. There was a choice of two distances. Six miles to Merstone and back and a three mile walk with a Mini-Bus laid on to bring them back to Shide.

A big thank you to the helpers, including Karen Eels and her back up team. Karen organised medals for all the walkers as well. Ron Moss's daughter baked cakes for all the finishers and delivered them to the start. 

Lyn hopes that we will raise lots of money for the club, there is already over £1,000 in the kitty.


images from our first 30 years

whitehouse woods

Last Sunday 31st May Lyn and Gary made a trip out to Whitehouse Wood to meet our Treasurer, Alan, and his wife Joy.


As some of you will know their son, Paul, suffered a tragic accident in the wood back in January, and lost his life. Alan and Paul had been working in the wood together for over three years and both Alan and Joy are continuing the work that was started, in a tribute to Paul.


It’s a lovely place, very peaceful. We had a distanced cup of tea (and a biscuit) and a good natter. There’s a lovely shed and Alan showed us around the pathways they have made. Over 50 sycamore trees have been felled, and loads of ivy removed. Joy has made sure Paul’s favourite flowers are on show.


There’s a lot of heavy work going on, Joy certainly does her share! She has also made two signs, one announcing Whitehouse Woods and another over the shed - Paul’s Place


They have cleared a space at the top where they’d like to plant some fruit trees. Alan has to put a plan in each year, for approval.


There’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s a labour of love. 


If you’d like to know more, any questions you might have, please email me


A couple of big thank you's

The Club has recently received two very generous donations from Isle of Wight organisations. The first one was from the Isle of Wight British and Classic Motorcycle Club, Lloyd Hall who attends two classes each week and is a member of the club. He asked for if we needed any new equipment, so Lyn detailed what items we needed to buy, this was around £340 worth. We met members at the Hare and Hounds at Downend last November, they gave us a cheque for £1,500.00.

The 2nd donation was from W Hurst and Son, each year they have a raffle, where members of staff can win many great prizes. They donate the profits to a worthy cause, this year they choose the Isle of Wight Heart Care Club.

There gave us a donation of £900.00, three members of staff came to the Isle of Wight College Class including the Managing Director Peter Hartnell, who presented the money to Lyn.


West Wight Row-a-thon 14th November 2018

About 25 members of the West Wight Class, helped raise over £2,600 for the West Wight Sports centre Gym.

Starting at 9.00 for two hours, using two new rowing machine, class members took it in turns to row. More details to follow on the distance they achieved. Other class members made cakes and held a raffle. 

The 25 members who took part rowed 41,000 metres during the two hour stint.

Lyn organised everyone so they warmed up on a stationary bike, before sitting on the machine. 

West Wight are trying to raise £150,000 to extend their existing gym by 50%. The club holds two classes a week there and it would be great if we could let members use the gym as well.  We will be presenting the money to West Wight Sports Centre on Wednesday 19th Decembers  at 10.30, when we have our annual Christmas party.

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Congratulations to Lyn

Lyn Smith is a founder member of the Isle of Wight Heart Care Club, a self-funding organisation affiliated to the British Heart Foundation founded in 1991. Lyn was one of three instructors asked to provide ongoing support and help for heart attack patients who had already completed a cardiac rehabilitation programme following physiotherapy.

Lyn’s dedication to the club was such that she even studied for additional qualifications – completing the British Association of Coronary and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – after realising that her keep fit qualifications were inadequate. She now leads three dedicated instructors, who take 14 different classes between them – with Lyn leading 12 of them herself. Their aim is to encourage, support and improve the fitness of club members – who range in age from those in their forties to people in their nineties – through exercise.

Lyn’s nominator, who attends one of the classes, said: “I know from my own experience that without the regular and correct exercise a large number of us would no longer be here. She has helped hundreds of people recover their sense of equilibrium, their joy for life and their confidence”.


Nominated by: Stephen Hancock

Press release from the British Citizens Award January 2018

Lyn receiving her BCA medal
from Matt Allright and Nathan Rous