Harry’s heart-warming effort – Radford Change Maker stops smoking after 42 years!

A Change Makers volunteer has successfully stopped smoking after 42 years with inspiration from Change Makers for Heart Health and New Leaf Nottingham City support.

Harry Turner joined Change Makers for Heart Health in March 2008 after hearing about it through a City Council Health Action Officer. Change Makers involve local people in raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of heart disease, stroke and diabetes to their friends, family and the community.

Harry said: “My reasons for wanting to join the project were because of my own experience of having high blood pressure and diabetes. I really wanted to help spread the word in our local community as there are so many things you can do to prevent a heart attack or stroke. I was also keen to meet new people and gain new skills.

“I know how difficult it can be to make changes to your lifestyle.  I have just given up smoking after 42 years.  I had tried three or four times before but failed, due to the lack of support I had at that time.  Since being involved in the Change Makers Project I was determined to give up – I didn’t want to feel a hypocrite talking to other people about lifestyle changes and ways to improve your health.  

“While volunteering at one of the community events, I got talking to the New Leaf stop smoking service team and told them I was interested in giving up. It all happened so fast but it’s one of the best things that have happened to me. A New Leaf advisor contacted me the next day, I attended a clinic the week after and before I knew it that was it - I quit!”

“Since giving up I feel so much better in myself, and people have noticed the difference in me.  Being part of Change Makers has had a real impact on my life.  I now want to do the same for others in Nottingham City.” 

For more information about Change Makers for Heart Health or to get involved call 0115 883 4228.