Background Information on the Cardiac Exercise Club @SW19

We are a phase four club, affiliated to BHF, that has been operating for over 27 years and have an active membership of around 60 attendees. The club was started by John Swinfen-Green when St George's hospital declined to continue running a phase four group. John was motivated to start an independent exercise group as he believed strongly in the advice given to him by medical people that individuals recovering from heart surgery and other cardiac conditions need to exercise regularly. His efforts were recognised by the award of an MBE for setting up and running the club. Unfortunately, we lost John in October 2010. His wife Fiona now chairs the club.

The club is run by ex-cardiac patients and is financially supported by contributions from members and grants obtained from local health and community bodies. The club has recently broadened its remit to offer exercise sessions to members who experience breathing or respiratory difficulties, as well as to people who have conditions where regular exercise is a key component in maintaining physical health and improving a sense of well-being. The club relies heavily on willing club members for its organisation and maintenance to meet financial, statutory and legal obligations. It is fortunate to have the services of several well-qualified and experienced trainers.

Our club hires a room at the Patterson Annexe, South Wimbledon Community Centre in Victory Road, Wimbledon. The centre is able to offer free parking to users.

We offer a choice of six exercise sessions supervised by qualified BACPR/COPD trainers (see on late afternoons/evenings Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To this end the club:-

  • Provides regular presentations on it services and the benefits of exercise to 'phase three' groups at St George's, St Helier and St Anthony's hospitals.
  • Provides regular presentations and information to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) rehabilitation groups run by Sutton and Merton Community Respiratory Service (at Morden Assembly Hall and the Wilson Hospital)
  • Provides regular presentations and information to Breathe Easy groups based at Colliers Wood and St Anthony's hospital and is networked with the British Lung Foundation(BLF) and British Heart Foundation in addition to the BACPR

The club offers members social activities and opportunities to shape and support the club through annual general meetings, surveys and informal canvassing by committee members. The recent survey showed that all members felt an improvement in their personal sense of well-being following exercise and that attending exercise session contributed to improving the quality of life.

Charity: 1111416

Sport Relief, Merton Homes and Lottery sponsor the Cardiac Club