CREW History and Overview

The people who were instrumental in the formation of CREW Heart Support Group were all initially Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients, many of them from the late 1980ís and heart attack victims with a proportion of bi-passes from the mid 1990ís.

  We started our group in response to our (now) Presidentís idea that we should start a walking group. This was so successful that we incorporated this into the exercise sessions, at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. 

  In late 1999 following funding and planned resource cut backs, we decided to formalise our own voluntary constituted group and affiliate to the British Heart Foundation as an accredited Heart Support Group.

 In 2000/01 CREW was formed with an elected Officer base and executive committee of most of those that backed the initiative in the first place. A member thought of our name CREW which is Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking.

From a start base of 47 members in our first year, 384 in 2009, we now have over 650 members
We started our second group at Brighouse in October 2006. Brighouse is now a stand alone Heart Support Group called Heartbeat 
In 2008 we opened our third location, Todmorden at the Sports Centre. The official opening on 23 October 2008 by Deputy Mayor, David OíNeil. We have now extended our exercise classes to include the Fielden Centre. CREW became a registered charity in 2012  and in 2015 a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO); registration number 1163338

Our message has gone far and wide through Parliament via our  patrons Chris McCafferty, (retired MP), and current MP Craig Whittaker, in Calderdale via our patronage from the hospital cardiologists Tim Bloomer and Simon Grant plus patron for the Todmorden area Dr Dinesh Kumar.

The partnerships we have with  voluntary organisations, Calderdale PCT and Council Leisure Services has enabled the growth of the work undertaken to benefit people who have suffered some trauma based on cardiovascular problems. Diabetic patients are now included due to the at-risk nature of future cardiac problems.

After working closely with Upbeat (CMBC/NHS Exercise Referral Scheme) for several years CREW, in 2014, have now taken responsibility for six exercise classes previously provided by Upbeat. We now have a total of nine exercise classes.



CREW Heart Support Group serving Calderdale, West Yorkshire.