Upbeat - Heart Support In West Suffolk

Charity No 1087415
Upbeat Is Affiliated To The British Heart Foundation and Arrhythmia Alliance The Heart Rhythm Charity.

Kenneth Bishop

(Committee Member)

I started life in Greenford, Middlesex in 1940 and as well as being a sport fanatic, enjoyed membership of St John Ambulance. In 1956 I commenced an apprenticeship as a Sheet Metal Worker with London Transport before progressing to the Heating & Ventilation Drawing Office in London on which my future career was based.

Ballroom dancing lessons introduced me to Elaine and following our marriage in 1964 we have been blessed with two daughters and consequently six grandchildren.

Two years before retirement I had my first heart problem involving insertion of five stents but we continued with our plans and moved from Harrow to Chevington. However, six months later (on Christmas night 2003!), I needed another stent, this time in Papworth and so began my association with West Suffolk Hospital and Upbeat including regular care, exercise and good friends.

A few other health problems have arisen but retirement has given me the opportunity to help others via West Road Church, Tools with a Mission, Fishermen’s Mission and now Upbeat.

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