New group chairman appointed

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THE CHAIRMAN of Angus Cardiac Group (ACG), Mrs Mary Ballantyne, stood down at the recent annual general meeting in the Meadowbank Inn and handed over the mantle of responsibility to her successor, Mr Gordon Sneddon.

Mary said: “The last three years have been an incredible experience for me: a mix of wonderful people and exciting initiatives ensured there was never a dull moment. Often I have said that the only benefit to having heart disease is the people I have met through The Angus Cardiac Group. “The membership have been, and continue to be, a major support network for myself and my husband, Scott, during the past very tough five years of ongoing treatments.”

Gordon said: “I very much look forward to taking over the reins from Mary Ballantyne. Mary is a very caring person who has excellent interpersonal skills and who will be a very hard act to follow. I can be contacted at acg@gordonsnedden.co.uk.”

Around 40 members attended the event and enjoyed an evening of constructive discussion around the events and developments of the past year.

Angus Cardiac Group, which is now in its 19th year, continues to be a vibrant thriving group of just short of 300 members. This patient-led organisation has bucked the trend of shrinking groups and dwindling committees and the three groups, Montrose, Arbroath and Forfar, each carry out fund-raising activities to help support cardiac care in Angus and beyond.

The new treasurer is Stan Eggie, Forfar.

Mrs Ballantyne congratulated the committee for the work they had done with the members in promoting the group and fund-raising to support the efforts of the members as well as the organizations who support them.

She said: “The group has actively supported a number of initiatives this last year and has been successful in securing funds to carry forward the great work done by the volunteering members.

“Angus Cardiac Group has secured The Co-operatives Big Community Vote fund to assist with their traditional exercise classes and social interactions in an attempt to support both the physical and emotional wellbeing of the members and The Angus Activity Programme.

“We have secured a second tranche of funding to assist mobility and social interactions of individuals who require chair-based or circuit-based exercise regimes and to include at these classes anyone in Angus who has any long term condition.”

She continued: “The supporting and collaborative organisations working with Angus Cardiac Group will continue to play a huge part in further developing and supporting the group as the year progresses. The NHS, Angus Primary Care Trust (PCT), Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS), Angus Council Leisure team, Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS) , Audit Scotland and the Scottish Government are only a few which feature heavily in the ongoing activities of the membership.”

Fund-raising activities and social gatherings are programmed through 2011 in each of the branch areas and all the details these can be found on the web site at www.anguscardiacgroup.co.uk