HEART patients have been given a welcome cash boost.
The money is being used to buy two exercise bicycles and a rowing machine.
The group Crew - Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking - has been awarded the £600 grant for its heart support and cardiac class- es by the National Heart Research Fund.
Crew spokesman Mr John Tudor said the new equipment would be used to help cardiac patients in the Huddersfield and Calder- dale area who have completed hospital -based rehabilitation.
"We run exercise classes two or three times a week and this equipment will come in very handy," he said.
The group meets at the North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, three times a week and patients can be referred by their GPs or heart specialists.
"As well as the regular exercise classes we go walking every fortnight and once a month we go on an out of district walk, which everyone seems to enjoy," he said.
Crew is part of the Healthy Lifestyle Grant Scheme, a charity which sets up community support programmes that help people to be more active, eat well, stop smoking and manage stress in their lives.
Mr Tudor said: "Once you have had a heart attack, it is vital to prevent another one from occurring.
"Crew is here to ensure heart patients remain motivated and continue to build on the good rehabilitation work that was started in hospital."