Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex

A Charitable Trust

Registered with Charity Commission # 1154903


Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex, CRSWS for short, is a newly registered Charitable Trust formed from local ex-cardiac patients to provide ongoing support for cardiac patients and their carers.


Welcome to our website which is currently a 'work in progress'; it will grow over time to be a great source for information to support our work in the West Sussex area. Please follow us on Twitter by using the link at the top of the page.


Over the next couple of pages we will explain who we are and how we link with the local NHS Cardiac Rehab team.


A very important part of our work is to support projects intended to relieve the needs of West Sussex patients who suffer – or are recovering - from a cardiac condition, their families or carers by providing support, advice and information.  We also support projects designed to advance the education of the public in all matters relating to cardiac conditions. If you have a project that needs financial support then please check out our 'Project Funding' page.

NEW Education Sessions Dates!!

Come to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team’s Information Sessions – an opportunity to get more information and ask the team questions.


Monday 27/2/16 from 10.00 til 12.30

(healthy eating & exercise)  Information on a heart

healthy diet and tips on losing weight and food labeling,

plus general advice on what exercise to do and how to do it safely.


Monday 6/3/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(understanding your heart & pills) - how the heart works, what can go wrong, what do the tests mean, and what are all those cardiac pills for.


Monday 20/3/17 from 10.00 til 12.03

(healthy heart & stress) – what can you do to keep your heart healthy. What effect does stress have on the heart

and how can you manage this.


Monday 3/4/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(healthy eating & exercise)


Monday 24/4/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(understanding your heart & pills)


Monday 8/5/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(basic life support) – explanation & demonstration of what to do in an emergency situation.


Monday 22/5/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(healthy heart & stress)


Monday 12/6/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(healthy eating & exercise)


Monday 19/6/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(understanding your heart & pills)


Monday 17/7/17 from 10.00 til 12.30

(healthy heart & stress)


Patients, relatives and friends welcome

We have a short tea/coffee break half way through with an opportunity to pick up leaflets and chat to other patients.


To download the presentations then simply click on the subject in which you are interested in the 'diary' list above.


Please call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team on (01273) 446019 for further information or just turn up!


All sessions are held at :

Worthing Leisure Centre,

Shaftesbury Avenue,

Worthing, BN12 4ET

Closest rail station – Durrington–on-Sea

Closest bus routes 9,10 and Pulse

-x- FUN WALK 2017 -x-

CRSWS Annual Sponsored Fun Walk will take place this year on Saturday 24 June 2017.  This year will see the 13th annual walk along Worthing Seafront and, as in previous years, will be treated very much as a fun event, providing patients and their families, carers and members of the cardiac rehabilitation team with opportunities to catch up with each other, share experiences and have a happy time together. The money and donations we raise will go to Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex (CRSWS) – a registered charity which works in close partnership with the Western Sussex Hospitals’ Cardiac Rehab team to help improve the rehabilitation service provided to West Sussex patients.


The walk takes place along a flat and level surface starting at Sea Lane Café, Goring at 10.00am and walking towards Worthing Pier and back with a number of benches along the way enabling rest stops to be taken as and when required.  You can choose whether to walk 1, 2, 3 or 4 miles.


To enter CLICK HERE!



Singers Rechoired

Trustees and Buddies were very honoured to attend this cheque presentation from the Worthing based choir, Singers Rechoired who donated the proceeds to Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex, from their recent concert.

Interested in being a Trustee?

Have you got what it takes to help shape this important charity?


Created in November 2013, Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex (CRSWS) is a small charity supported by the giving public to fund the provision of on-going support for cardiac patients and their carers.  The charity works with Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust to support the process of cardiac rehabilitation – it provides a ‘buddy’ support service run by former patients and carers, and offers financial support and grants to organisations and individuals tackling heart disease in the area.

We want to recruit new Trustees to add to the skills we already have.  Your skills and experience will contribute to and develop our charity to meet its aim of supporting cardiac patients and their carers.

We are particularly looking for people with experience of web-site design, business leadership, local government and the community.  We would also be pleased to hear from you if you can bring strategic leadership or project management skills.

The Board meets four times a year and you may be asked to attend ad-hoc Subcommittee meetings.  The position is voluntary and not remunerated though reasonable expenses may be paid.


For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Peter Hawkes on 01903 550084


If you are interested in joining the CRSWS Board of Trustees please download job description and application pack here.


2015 Sponsored Walk

UPDATE: To date (3rd October) the 2015 walk has raised £9278.75. Thank you to all those who have contributed.


Saturday 20 June saw over 100 former cardiac patients (the largest number ever) and their families joining together for our 11th annual fun walk from Sea Lane Cafe, Goring-by-Sea, to Worthing Pier and back, while raising money for cardiac rehabilitation in West Sussex.


This was a very happy occasion and is expected to raise over £10,000 for Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex (or CRSWS for short), to fund support for the increasing number of patients of all ages in West Sussex who are suffering – or are recovering - from a heart condition.


Our small, local Charity works in partnership with the Cardiac Rehab Department at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which runs exercise classes and information sessions for heart patients. CRSWS also provides defibrillators for local fitness trainers; awards grants to widen the reach of cardiac rehabilitation, funds specialist training courses for NHS cardiac rehab staff and makes sure up-to-date leaflets are freely available for cardiac patients in the area.


But  CRSWS wants to do more and we will be using this money to provide ongoing support for cardiac patients and their carers.  So, if you would like our help or have an idea for a project to tackle heart disease in West Sussex, we would love to hear from you.   Our sincere thanks to all who took part and to those who worked hard behind the scenes to make this a such a successful occasion.




CRS WS 2016 Guide

If you are interested in learning more about the Trust then please take time to view our Guide available HERE.


If you have any comments or suggestions then please feel free to share them with us.

NHS Self Help Leaflets

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust have produced some excellent Self-Help leaflets that may be of interest to cardiac patients.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of available leaflets.

Weather & Air Pollution

To keep an eye on the weather and air pollution forecast for our area then click here.


On Saturday, 25 June 74 heart patients, friends and family members braved our British summer weather to take part in the annual CRS WS sponsored Fun Walk. Thanks to their efforts we hope to raise over £9,000 to help patients with a cardiac condition in West Sussex.


In the 2015/16 financial year Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex gave out over £12,000 in grants; helped fund 25 education sessions; paid for the training of cardiac “Buddies”, and bought a range of educational CDs and booklets for distribution in the County. But the generosity of our supporters means that we will now be able to do even more this year.


We are always looking for new ways of helping cardiac patients so, if you have any ideas, we would be pleased to hear from you.


Thanks again to all those who took part and those who sponsored them.



Photos from the 2016 Fun Walk!

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