Wessex Heartbeat are supporting Oakmount Cricket Club in a bid to spread the word about cardiac health.  

The charity has signed up as the Winchester club’s official shirt sponsor and hopes to use the partnership to educate fans and others in the community about the importance of exercise to our hearts. It comes as the charity undertakes an increasing amount of preventative work in the community. 

Some conditions can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle and that’s what we want to educate people across the entire Wessex region about. Partnering with organisations such as Oakmount Cricket allows us to reach more people in the community, while also promoting healthy activities such as cricket.” - John Munro, CEO of Wessex Heartbeat

Wessex Heartbeat is a cause close to the hearts of Oakmount Cricket Club membersOpening batsman and leading run scorer for the club in the past two seasons, Alex Ind (20), has had regular contact with the charity since he was born with a heart condition. During the many times he underwent heart surgery at Wessex Cardiac Centre, his family, who live in Chandler’s Ford, were able to use the charity’s facilities at Heartbeat House. Alex’s dad Mark, who is also the club’s chairman, has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity over the years in order to help other families in similar situations. The money he has raised has also helped to fund the Young Adult Cardiac Unit, Ward E2, where Alex has been cared for recently. 

Sadly, Alex has been back in hospital in recent weeks, after contracting a serious infection which led to further complications with his heart and the need for another open heart procedure. However, dad Mark says he is making a good recovery and hopes to pick up his cricket bat again soon. 

He’s just come out of intensive care and doing really well. He’s a resolute young man and very determined, so while it’ll be some time before he’s back to full fitness, we know it won’t be long until he’s back on his feet." - Mark Ind

With the amazing support of Mark and family over the years, it would only be right for Wessex Heartbeat to continue supporting them in anyway they can. Linking up with the Cricket Club is a fantastic way to do so, and a partnership that will help spread prevantitive cardiac education to the community.

Written in conjunction with Laura Downton of Lee Peck Media