The Pumping Marvellous Foundation (PMF) is the UK’s patient led Heart Failure charity. It was founded by a heart failure patient whose experiences whilst rehabilitating have shaped the Foundation’s goals and principles of a patient-centric charity focused on improved patient outcomes.
The beneficiaries are all people who suffer from heart failure, together with their family and friends. The Pumping Marvellous Foundation’s goal is to deliver HOPE to its recipients through the facilitation of better outcomes by cross-working and advocating at a local, regional, national and international level. Working hand in hand with stakeholders to deliver better pathways and be the patient voice of progression. Our services include patient-driven solutions, created by patients guided but not policed by the Foundation available in a printed and online format. The Pumping Marvellous Foundation is funded through donations and fundraising by individuals, support from the NHS and charitable organisations together with corporate sponsorship.
All of the potential 1,000,000 heart failure sufferers, their families and carers in the UK qualify for assistance. The Foundation has no bias towards specific subgroups. Heart failure is an umbrella of specific conditions and spans across all socio-economic groups; therefore, our support is varied and tailored to the particular needs of patients. The Foundation is based in Preston, UK. It has a network of regional volunteers across the country who deliver the core messages and actively participate in campaigns, publications, distribution of literature and local relationship building. We have a robust online presence which enables the Foundation to reach out and catalyse progression in heart failure care with stronger engagement with clinicians and sufferers and their families.
Heart Failure is a progressive condition and has currently no cure. Approximately 75% of heart failure diagnoses are caused by persistent unchecked hypertension or cardiac MI’s (heart attacks). Recently people are managing to survive with better intervention techniques but are coming out the other side with heart failure. Prognosis of heart failure patients is less favourable than most common cancers. Therefore mortality is significant. Hospital readmission levels are high. It has been calculated that heart failure admissions equate to over 2% of the total admissions in A&E. The Foundation’s value in these pathways is to promote HOPE to sufferers, promoting self-care and self-education through peer to peer coaching and support. We HOPE to have an impact on reducing this ever-increasing burden on the health economy by getting patients and their families actively managing their condition.
Our services and products improve the ability of heart failure patients to self-care, recognising the early symptoms and self-interventions and steps that can be taken to alleviate common symptoms. An investment in the Pumping Marvellous Foundation is a small investment in comparison to ignoring the problem of heart failure.