Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Heart hub coming to Seaton

09:11 19 June 2014

Seaton Hospital League of Friends  present a cheque for £3,299  to HALFF to help fund its new heart hub in the resort

Seaton Hospital League of Friends present a cheque for £3,299 to HALFF to help fund its new heart hub in the resort


Hospital League of Friends funds health screening initiative

A new support and information service for people at risk of heart disease and diabetes has been launched in Seaton.

Axe Valley-based charity Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) is introducing its Heart Hub to the resort, thanks to a big cash boost from the local hospital’s league of friends.

The service is for people with or at risk of heart disease, type two diabetes and high blood pressure.

Under the scheme there are currently 60 local residents registered in Axminster who receive regular free newsletters – either by post or e-mail, whichever they prefer. These contain recipes, information on food planning, labelling, budgeting and exercise tips, and everyone may attend a monthly cooking demonstration specifically designed for older people.

Organisers say people involved from Axminster have lost weight, cook more, eat more fruit and vegetables and have told HALFF it is an invaluable service which they really value.

Dr Joe Kent, GP at the Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice said: “We are delighted to welcome and support HALFF to Seaton. This is a brilliant local community charity that offers a fantastic opportunity for us to make sustainable lifelong changes to the way that we eat by enriching our attitude to our diet, its nutritional content and provenance.”

A spokeswoman for HALFF said: “Some participants are carers for sick and disabled relatives. Often they feel that their health is irrelevant providing they continue to care for their loved ones. As a result their health suffers. HALFF feel that all members of the community should be able to have access to their services and have designed this monthly support group to include carers.”

From this month HALFF will be running a free monthly cooking demonstration at the United Reform Church, Cross Street, Seaton on the fourth Friday of the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The first is next week (June 27), followed by July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, and December 19. The sessions are open to everyone even if they are not registered with the Heart Hub.

Added the spokeswoman: “The support group is really important to help people to maintain healthier lifestyles, to help them to plan healthier meals and to understand how their diet can affect their health. Getting people together to talk about what changes they are making, also encourages them and helps them to learn from each other.”

Contact for more information or to register for the free fortnightly newsletter.

For more information about HALFF, call 01297 631782 or go to


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Honiton St Pauls Church. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 5406-27-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to and click on myphotos24

The service, formerly known as the Tree of Light, will include a mixture of carols and readings.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00
The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team

The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team service means patients no longer need to travel to the Exeter hospice to receive treatment, instead the hospice goes to them.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Students sleep rough at Honiton Community College.

The move was part of ‘The Big Sleep Out 2015’, fronted by homelessness charity Trinity.

Read more
Fri, 17:00
Graham Long in Upottery with his laptop. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 7459-42-13TI Graham Long To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Graham Long, a parish councillor in Upottery, has warned that delays in securing a contract to install more fibre-optic cables could lead to businesses leaving rural areas - and problems for homeowners trying to sell their properties.

Read more
Fri, 12:12
Neil Messent.

Oil industry worker Neil Messent also admitted production of cannabis and possession of class C drugs and was jailed for a total of two years.

Read more
Thu, 16:25

The incident happened at Raymond’s Hill earlier today (Thursday), at 3.07pm.

Read more
Thu, 11:00

The incident took place in Honiton Lidl car park on Wednesday, November 25.

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Read more
Wed, 17:30
Awliscombe Primary working with EDDC's recycling and waste team.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 11 years old, visited East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, as part of national Takeover Challenge Day.

Read more
Wed, 17:28
Cranbrook Railway Station. Ref mhc 3523-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

AFTER many postponements, Cranbrook railway station will finally open on Sunday, December 13.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find a job in Devon

Find planning applications