They've been looking after Huddersfield hearts for 23 years.

Now Heartline is growing from strength to strength – thanks to two recent funding boosts.

The Kirklees support group was among the Examiner Wish Campaign’s top 10 last year, finishing fourth by raising almost £500.

And with a £1,200 grant from Kirklees Community Partnership the group no longer faces a shortfall each month.

Secretary Richard Brook said: “The programme costs £10,000 a year to run and after the contributions our members make there was always a shortfall.

“The extra money has made a big difference and we’re very grateful.”

The initiative was set-up in 1990 to offer support to anyone in Kirklees suffering from a heart condition.

The group offers advice and also organises a full programme of activities designed to help people keep their hearts healthy.

Gym sessions, bowling, swimming and walking are among the activities people are encouraged to take part in.

The programmes are devised by a qualified fitness instructor and are approved by the British Heart Foundation.

Heartline fitness session at Deighton Centre
Heartline fitness session at Deighton Centre
 

Mr Brook added: “It is for people with heart problems, but anyone can join us as we believe in prevention as well as helping those who have had heart attacks or surgery.

“The sessions are there to help people stay fit as they get older but they’re not too vigorous. People can do as much as they want.”

Over the years, the group has grown and now offers activity classes to around 60 members a week.

Exercise classes take place at the Deighton Centre gym which offers the group a reduced rate.

Members also meet once a month at Lindley Liberal Club for a meeting and social events.

This year the support group again hopes for a share of the £25,000 Examiner Wish fund on offer to be divided among local community organisations.

Heartline officials hope people will help collect tokens on their behalf to help them plan for the future.

For further details about joining Heartline call Richard Brook on 01484 655916.