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February 2017

In collaboration with the Healthy Living Hub, Croydon Heart Town is hosting the next ‘Hub Tea Dance’ on Friday 24 February at;

Braithwaite Hall, Couple dancing
Croydon Clocktower,
Katharine Street,

Everyone is welcome to come along. Tickets are £4 to cover the cost of the refreshments with the dance running from 2pm until 4:30pm. To book a ticket you can either email or call 07768 722 645. 

To support the British Heart Foundation and promote National Heart Month at this event, wear an item that’s red. If we can get everyone there wearing a red tie, or red hat, dress, shoes, trousers etc. and making a small donation, we can promote how important it is for all of us to look after our hearts. Come along!

November 2016

Another great event, with even more people there than last time. We were nearly sold out so ensure you book early if you want to come along to the special event in February 2017 promoting National Heart Month. The more the merrier! Come along and we’ll see you there.

September 2016

September’s Tea Dance was a roaring success. People came from across the borough to dance and socialise with a great time had by all. These dances are becoming more and more popular and we are very much looking forward to hosting the next dance in November. Come along and join the fun!

June 2016

Croydon Heart Town’s first ‘Healthy Living Hub Tea Dance’ on Friday 10 June was a great success! Over 50 people came from all over the borough to dance, meet new people and make new friends. There were such terrific comments from those in attendance that we immediately placed bookings on the Braithwaite Hall for the next two quarterly dates. We will announce these dates here in due course so keep your eyes open for future announcements coming soon!

May 2016

Good Gym is coming to Croydon! GoodGym is a unique running club where local runners of all abilities do good deeds to benefit the community, while keeping fit. All group runs in Croydon take place on a Tuesday evening and are led by a qualified trainer.  They are a not-for-profit organisation and the scheme is funded by the Mayor of London's Sports Participation fund. GoodGym has already set up in a number of areas including Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Hackney and Islington, 

The launch for Croydon Good Gym is on Tuesday 17 May with the first task being a run to Croydon Arena in South Norwood help spruce up the bikes used on the exercise referral scheme and to tidy up the bike store. The venue for the launch is the Community Space at Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, at 6:30pm. Check for more information. Come along!

Another part of this initiative is Good Gym’s ‘buddying’ scheme where runners are paired with members of the community over 60 that appreciate a weekly meet up, or help with something at their homes. If you would like more information about this or even to join Good Gym then you can email


You can donate direct to the Croydon Heart Town Just Giving page  texting CHTT58 and the amount to 70070

If you would like to host your own event you can get fundraising packs from the BHF website.

Previous events

Sunday 2 August 2015

  • Croydon Heart Town supported over 150 runners that turned up to Lloyd Park to participate in the 3rd annual Vanguard marathon. It was blisteringly hot but every entrant made it safely round the course to the cheers of the crowd that came along to watch on the home straight.  This is a marathon like no other, across varying terrain, even including the steep North Downs. The event was attended by a group from the 100 club – membership only being given once you have completed 100 marathons – with one entrant having completed over 250 marathons! Next year is already booked to take place, so for more information, please email Gareth Davies at or

July 2015 

  • Croydon hosted the inaugural Ambition festival. Croydon Heart Town ran dance workshops, across the two days, in the Braithwaite Hall with over 150 people coming along to take part. The workshops included learning a Bollywood routine, a streetdance round the maypole and a very popular tea dance that itself saw more than 70 people come along to join in. There are many opportunities to take up dance in Croydon.  

  • Diabetes UK Roadshow Free health checks were given to Croydon residents who are 40 and over. A focus was given to those who were overweight, from an ethnic minority background, or with a history of diabetes in their family - all factors that increase your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. The roadshow provided information about how leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Activities also included: a free Type 2 diabetes risk assessment, physical activity area and a healthy eating marquee with a dietician and free fruit.

June 2015

  • Croydon Heart Town entered a team in the annual London to Brighton bike ride to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation to fight cardiovascular disease through world class research. The team reported a wonderful day out with many already asking about next year’s event. For further information please email or visit British Heart Foundation bike rides
    With a huge thank you to Interserve for making the team’s entry this year possible by contributing their logistical expertise.

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  • Tour Series Cycling. Thousands of people lined the streets of Croydon as the town hosted a hugely successful round of cycling’s elite team competition. The town was the subject of an hour long highlights package on ITV4 after hosting round three of the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix and round seven of the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series. The event had people talking about Croydon in a new light as the hugely technical circuit produced a thrilling evening’s racing. Croydon Heart Town was one of the event sponsors.

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  • Interfaith bike ride. With support from Croydon Heart Town, Faiths Together in Croydon organised a bike ride through Croydon visiting the diverse faith centres and concluding with a picnic in Park Hill Park. This was a fun day out for everyone - young and old - and was a great way to celebrate the diversity of faiths in Croydon. The day brought the communities of Croydon together and was hailed as a great success by those taking part.

May 2015

  • Mind in Croydon hosted their annual Positive Steps 15km charity walk. The aim of the walk was to raise funds, promote the services of Mind and increase the awareness of mental health in the borough. Croydon Heart Town helped to sponsor the event. Richard Pacitti, Mind in Croydon chief executive, said,

“We are so grateful to everyone who took part in Positive Steps, either as a volunteer or participant, and all the partner organisations that supported the event. We have had a lot of very positive feedback from people and we know that we have raised the profile of mental health and wellbeing, as well as raising funds for Mind in Croydon.” 

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February 2015  

  • Wear it. Beat it! A national event which encouraged people to wear red to work or school, college or in their community and make a donation to BHF to help raise awareness and raise funds for lifesaving research.

September 2014

  • Bag it Beat It! The British Heart Foundation’s Bag It Beat It campaign encouraged people living and working in Croydon to donate their unwanted items to local BHF shops to fund life-saving heart research.
  • Surrey Street Market organised a Harvest Festival celebration with fun activities for all the family. Croydon Heart Town hosted a food stall where a local chef prepared healthy alternatives to classic recipes. The team handed out healthy eating information with free recipe cards for everyone to try. Over 100 people sampled the delicious healthier options leaving the chef with nothing left to cook!

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June 2014  

  • A team of 20 council staff entered the legendary London to Brighton Bike Ride organised by the British Heart Foundation.  You can  read training blogs and find out about the health benefits of cycling on their Just Giving page.
    With a huge thank you to Interserve for making the team’s entry this year possible by contributing their logistical expertise.
  • A team of 16 plucky staff took part in the Ben Nevis Challenge on 7 June 2014 to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. They  climbed the UK's highest mountain, followed by a gruelling 15 mile cycle, a 1.5 mile canoe race around Loch Lochy and then ending with a 10 mile cycle ride - all in one day!

May 2014  

  • Mind in Croydon - Positive Steps at Lloyd Park - Supported by Croydon Heart Town. A 15km charity walk promoting mental health and wellbeing. To register for future events and for further information visit the Mind in Croydon website or call  020 8668 2210 / 07597 590257.
  • Croydon Heart Town supports Living Streets' National Walking Month. We asked  people to ditch their car and public transport and transform their lives by walking their way this May! Get inspiration, podcasts and tips at

March 2014  

  • We helped smokers to kick the habit for good with a range of events on No Smoking Day, 12 March. No Smoking Day provides a national focus to support people who want to take those first steps to give up smoking, while also motivating them to quit for life.

February 2014  

  • We asked everyone in Croydon to Ramp up the Red to help fight the UK's biggest killer, coronary heart disease. You can organise a Ramp up the Red event at work, at school, anywhere! All you need to do is visit and order your free fundraising pack. Alternatively you can contact Paul or Jo from the British Heart Foundation at or

September 2013

  • During September "Donation Stations" were set up throughout several council office buildings for BHF's Bagathon. Staff were asked to donate unwanted but sellable clothes, bric-a-brac, books and DVD to raise money for British Heart Foundation. Over 60 bags were collected, equating to approximately £1200 worth of donations!

July 2013  

  • Croydon was officially launched as a Heart Town at the Croydon BID Big Get Fit Together event in North End. The action-packed event had a range of activities for all ages, including advice on keeping your heart in top shape, professionally supervised dance and exercise classes, wall-climbing and the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Speed Strike Challenge.