A care home in Launceston has supported a charity that aims to rehabilitate cardiac and stroke patients with funding from their local foundation.

Kernow House care home in Launceston recently presented Plymouth Heartbeat Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite with a cheque for £1,000 towards a recumbent cross trainer.

The total cost of a wheelchair accessible recumbent cross trainer, which is suitable for paraplegics, is £10,500 and the £1,000 is part of fundraising for the new equipment.

Plymouth Heartbeat is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. They have a health and fitness suite and they aim to rehabilitate cardiac and stroke patients. The charity also help the general public to keep fit, gain a healthy lifestyle and prevent heart problems as well as aid rehabilitation in the case of other disabilities.

The grant had been awarded by Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity that helps older people and adults with a disability or mental health problems across England, Scotland and Wales by offering grants to help people connect or re-connect with others in their local community.

The care home welcomed Nicola Thompson, treasurer, and Steven Thompson, trustee, from Plymouth Heartbeat Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite to a small gathering to receive the cheque and celebrate being awarded the grant.

Nicola and Steven Thompson of Plymouth Heartbeat Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite, said: “The money will mean we can continue to help those who need both physical and emotional support. We are very proud of what we are able to do and the community, who use the rehabilitation suit are like family.”

Leigh Stanley, general manager at Kernow House added: “We are always keen to show as much support as we can to local charities. This is such a good way of supporting people with heart and other health problems combined with mental health or special needs.”