KCFRT Shortlisted for 3 National Awards!

I am delighted to announce that KCFRT has been short-listed for UK Heart Safe National Awards for 2016!

Our First Responder Team was short-listed in 2015, but regrettably did not win.

This year however, we have gone two better!!

We have been short- listed in 3 Categories:

Emergency Services of the Year

The Community Responder Scheme of the Year, and

Life Saver of the Year.

This last category is to recognise individuals who have made a unique contribution throughout the year in saving lives.  Our own Sylvia Thomas is a finalist!

Well done again KCFRT – this time lets hope we will win (in both categories)!!!!


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Audience Feedback to November’s Heartstart Course

Heartstart Course Nov 15 9

Heartstart Course Nov 15 8

Dr Tom Donald, the Heartstart Instructor for the November 2015 Course, demonstrating how to respond to an unconscious casualty and performing CPR on a resuscitation dummy.

At the end of last week’s Heartstart Course, Tom handed out a Questionnaire to all the attendees. He asked them to fill it in “anonymously” and hand them in before leaving.

Their feedback is as follows:

Question:  How did you rate this session for:

  • Usefulness
  • Content/Relevance
  • Teaching
  • Overall

Marks 1 -10, 1 poor, 10 excellent

Results: All 15 attendees who completed the Questionnaire gave 10 for all 4 categories


Question Do you now feel more confident on the subjects taught tonight?

Yes, No, Unsure

Results: All 15 attendee’s answered: Yes


QuestionWhat were the Good Points?


  • “Very good presentation skills; good communication; very knowledgeable”
  • “Videos; Instructor; practical sessions; group trainer”
  • “Very practical; gave me confidence to have a go; great reminder”
  • “Videos; presentation; hands-on practice; group trainer – excellent; Q&A session”
  • “Excellent course; very relaxed delivery style and very knowledgeable; Tom obviously knows his stuff!”
  • “Really interesting and informative; clear and easy to understand”
  • “All of it!”
  • “The format of video then demonstrations; professional with a personal touch!”
  • “Very informative; great to have a medical professional instructing”
  • “Videos; practicing on the dummies; clear and very easy to understand instructions”
  • “All of it!; videos were useful; demonstrations were useful and good to practice downstairs; really clearly explained; lovely Instructor who also answered all my questions!”
  • “Simple, concise information; well delivered; very approachable Instructor”
  • “Succinct and good content; videos very good”
  • “Very well taught; clear information; fun learning experience”
  • “Format was excellent – video, then demo, then practice; all volunteers were very approachable and friendly; made you feel at ease”



Question: What could the Instructor improve on in the future?


  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Should teach this to all school children”
  • “Maybe provide more questions”
  • No suggestions – I think Tom done good!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing; absolutely brilliant!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “Nothing!”
  • “A little less nervous at the beginning – no need for nerves!; a good and natural Instructor”
  • “Get the message out so more people know these courses are on; they are fantastic!”
  • “Excellent presentation but seemed a bit nervous; sure will improve with practice”



Question Any additional comments?


  • “Thanks!”
  • “None”
  • “None”
  • “None, except to say thank you!”
  • “Thanks for giving up all you time for a great course”
  • “Thank you – very useful!”
  • “I’ll recommend this course to everyone I know”
  • “Thank you!”
  • “Thank you!”
  • “Thank you for running the course, I have gone away from this much more confident”


Fantastic, positive audience feedback on our Heartstart Course, the Instructor and its content.  Many thanks to all the participants for their comments.

We look forward to many more Knutsford residents participating in our monthly Heartstart Courses

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Knutsford Community Paramedic Joins The Heartstart Team


Adrian Rees presents Carol Robertson with her Trust Badge & Shirt

Carol Robertson, North West Ambulance Service’s Community Paramedic for Knutsford completed her training to become a Knutsford Heartstart Facilitator at last weeks Heartstart Course and was presented with her KCFRT Name Badge and “Team Colours”

Since being posted to the Knutsford area by NWAS earlier this year, Carol has been an working tirelessly within the community.  On top of her “day job”, she has made time to attend and assist in our evening Heartstart Courses.

Adrian Rees, Chairman of KCFRT & Heartstart Co-ordinator, in presenting Carol with her award said that “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Carol to our Heartstart Team.  Carol is not only a fully trained Paramedic, she also has such an outgoing personality and great inter personal skills; perfect for her role at Heartstart

Carol is also planning to now become a British Heart Foundation Heartstart Instructor to enable us to undertake more Heartstart courses as the demand continues to grow”

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Knutsford Heartstart Trainer Wins National Lifesaver Award

Robbie Wolfson Aug 15



Robbie Wolfson, one of our Heartstart facilitators, has been given a prestigious national Lifesavers award
Robbie is one of only 6 throughout the UK who has been awarded the SAD UK (Sudden Adult Death Trust) National Lifesaver Defibrillator Award for 2015

Ann Jolly (the Founder & President of SAD UK) writes: “Dear Robbie…..I am pleased to let you know that you were nominated for the SADS UK National Defibrillator Award. It was felt that the lifesaving action you took was quite outstanding and I am delighted to let you know that you have been awarded this honour.”

The presentation to Robbie and the 5 other will be taking place at the Royal College of Nursing, Cavendish Square, London on the 17th October 2015.

Robbie’s reaction to the award: “Whilst I recognise that I am to receive this Award I do want it to be recognised that the result was due to the Heartstart training I receive annually at Knutsford Community Heartstart. My message is to tell all the participants at our Heartstart Courses that they will never know when their help could be needed, but the knowledge you receive on the course, plus the confidence to act on it is always there to help save someone’s life. Nothing can be more worthwhile than that.”

Adrian Rees, Chairman of KCFRT and Knutsford Heartstart Organiser, said: “Clearly, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust is so proud for Robbie himself, but also for the national recognition of the critical importance of receiveing training in life saving skills we provide at Knutsors Community Heartstart”

Rachel Howarth, a Knutsford Guardian Reporter, attended last weeks Heartstart Course – details on this + Robbie’s story is published in this week’s edition of the Knutsford Guardian.

Follow the link:


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July Recruitment Event


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Great Warford Village Picnic

Knutsford Community Heartstart were invited to have a stall at this year’s Great Warford Village Picnic held on Saturday:


Great Warford Picnic Display


Steph Griffith created the “Heartstart” stand and “manned” it all afternoon – thanks again Steph!

On show were our 2 Training AED’s + our Training “Little Annie”.

Great Warford are currently looking to join our “Externally Mounted AED Initiative”, so this was a good opportunity to explain and demonstrate to the Great Warford residents the benefits of having a dedicated Defibrillator installed within their community.

Bookings were also taken for our forthcoming Heartstart courses; a rewarding afternoon’s work!



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Knutsford Guardian covers the Heartstart Award Story

Knutsford Guardian included our story on the Awards presented to Tom Donald and Emily Dubois in their edition published on the 22nd April 2015 and also included the story in the on-line edition.

To see their story, follow the link:

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Knutsford Heartstart further strengthens its 2015 Training Team


I reported in February that 4 new recruitments had completed their training and joined our Heartstart Team as Training Facilitators.  These additions were essential as the demand from Knutsford residents for our Life Saving Courses continued to grow.

Last year nearly 300 attended the free course (compared to 97 in 2013). After our Heartstart Course last Thursday evening, the year to date total of people trained in 2015 had aleady reached 96, with the May course aleady nearly fully booked!

To ensure we are able to continue to meet the increasing requests from the Knutsford Community to be taught the British Heart Foundation Heartstart course, we must continue to strengthen and expand our dedicated team of volunteers.

A further 2 of our 2014 recruitments, who had successfully completed their training, joined our Team on Thursday and were presented with their awards after the Heartstart Course:


P4023955-1Senior Instructor, Sylvia Thomas, presents Dr. Tom Donald with his BHF Instructor Certificate

Tom becomes the third Heartstart Instructor to complete his training in the last year.  The first two (Stephanie Griffith and Rebecca Nelson) are aleady conducting Heartstart Courses to the Knutsford community.  Tom, who qualified as a Doctor two years ago; he has just completed  6 months working at Royal Bolton Hospital in their A&E Department – despite this tremendous workload, Tom has made time to be trained firstly as a facilitator and now as a fully fledged Heartstart Instructor.


Trust Chairman, Adrian Rees congratulates Emily Dubois in becoming a Training Facilitator

Emily Dubois joined the Trust as a Heartstart volunteer last September and, although now in her final Year at Sheffield University, has shown great dedication to return monthly to Knutsford to continue her training.  She is now a fully fledged Heartstart Training Facilitator and joins our Knutsford team of volunteers providing the hands-on training which is an integral part of our BHF Heartstart Course.

Congratulations to you both!

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April’s Heartstart Course Feedback

We held our forth monthly Heartstart Course last week, to another packed audience!  2015 is continuing as 2014 left off; booked up courses and massive praise from all participating:

“We really enjoyed our “refresher” course last night and hope that some of the instructions at least will have been retained!”

John & Penny Braham

“Just a couple of lines to say how much we all enjoyed the course last Thursday.  It was so informative and hands on too!  I am very proud of my certificate and badge and couldn’t wait to tell my friends and family all about it.  Many thanks indeed – keep up the marvellous work you are all doing”

Alison Flynn

Many thanks for all your feedback.

Please book early for your free Heartstart Course (on-line booking available by clicking onto the “Book A Course” page)

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Knutsford Guardian covers Heartstart Recruitment

Cara Cunningham from the Knutsford Guardian included the story of our 4 new Heartstart Recruits in this weeks edition.

See link:

Thanks again Cara.  We look forward to your returning for your Heartstart Refresher Course later this year!
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