About Us

  • £1.25m raised from Oct 1994 to 31st Dec 2013.
  • Over £1m spent on supporting The James Cook University Hospital in equipment, advanced training and research.
  • During that 19 years plus period we only spent £17.7K on admin and regulatory costs.

The South Cleveland Heart Fund was founded in 1994-5 to raise funds LOCALLY to support the newly formed Cardiothoracic unit at the then South Cleveland Hospital ( now The James Cook University Hospital). So far it has raised well over £1million to support all aspects of the Unit and its expansion to what it is today! providing additional Equipment, training and research monies not available through routine NHS funding.

The SCHF is made up of a Committee of volunteers who meet regularly , chaired by Dr Adrian Davies, the consultant cardiologist (now retired), who set up the unit and to which all Cardiothoracic Unit Staff and new members are most welcome.

Fund raising events are planned and agreed at the meetings, as well as the running of the weekly Stall at the Hospital selling our branded products, and gifted items such as woollens, DVDs, books etc..

Our funds are carefully Managed by our Treasurer, Mr Keith Robson (retired Accountant) and submitted requests for funding from all parts of the Cardiothoracic Unit are discussed and carefully assessed before approval. Complying with Statute, our accounts are examined annually by Mike Beeforth, Chartered Accountant of S V Bye, Guisborough, and filed with the Charities Commission, where they are available for public inspection.

The Cardiothoracic Unit at James Cook is now acknowledged to be one of the best in the country. In the last year It carried out around 3000 angiograms, 1,700 Coronary Angioplasty interventions, 60 TAVIs (Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation which we pump-primed to set up the service) over 300 electrical Ablations, and 900 implantable devices, as well as 1300 open heart operations, and over 500 lung operations. Tests on patients using equipment include 15,245 echocardiograms & 16,611 ECGs often with equipment we have funded. The interventional cardiologists who perform all Angioplasties in the unit pioneered Primary Angioplasty (for acute heart attacks) and reduced the death rate for those patients brought in within 12 hours of onset of the heart attack by 50%. This procedure is now adopted throughout the country in all major centres.

It is to support the work of this amazing, excellent Unit in every way possible that The South Cleveland Heart Fund raises money - through Donations and Covenants (Gift Aided when possible), Legacies , and special events - such as the 2013 Sponsored Cycle ride from Land`s End to John O`Groats.

We work to keep the Unit at the leading edge of advances, to continue to offer the best in Heart Care to the 1.6 Million people it serves.

SCHF Committee

Members of the South Cleveland Heart Committee at the 2014 Mayors Awards.


Come and join our crusade! It may be you or your loved ones who will benefit next. We do make a difference..

With your help the South Cleveland Heart Fund has been able to provide support enabling The James Cook University Hospital to keep the Regional Cardiothoraisc Centre at the leading edge of advances of care for heart patients.

All monies raised help keep our fantastic unit at the leading edge of advances by purchasing equipment, improving facilities for patients and carers, and offering staff grants for courses and research.

We have regular fund-raising evets and activities.

If you would like to organise something to help us raise funds - contact us or come along to a SCHF Committee meeting

Enquiries to..

Dr. Adrian Davies, Chairman, tel 01642 321097 (home number)
Mrs Jean Reeve, Vice-Chair, tel 01642 270765 (home number)
Mr. Keith Robson, Treasurer, tel 01642 824788 (home number)
Jan Crawford can be contacted at JCUH, tel 01642 854621 (NHS Hospital Number)


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The South Cleveland Heart Fund (SCHF) is a registered charity: England and Wales number. 1051565