New Recruits Complete Training and Join Knutsford Heartstart Team

Heartstart Trainers Feb 15 V2

New Heartstart Trainers: Tom Donald, Julie Corcoran, Dan Young & Steve Nixon


Knutsford Community Hearstart trained over 3 times as many Knutsford people in 2014 than 2013, with nearly 300 people attending its free course to learn that “SIMPLE SKILLS SAVES LIVES”

To enable them to maintain, and hopefully increase, these numbers in 2015, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust (who run the Heartstart courses as well as providing the community its First Responder service) embarked on a recruitment drive to encourage new volunteers to join its teams

Four of these new volunteers who joined the Trust last year (pictured above at last week’s Heartstart Course) have now completed their “hands-on” training and join the Knutsford Heartstart Team as Training Facilitators.  They were presented their “team colours and badges” at the end of the course by the Trust Chairman, Adrian Rees.

Each were asked why they decided to join:

Tom Donald is a Doctor at the Royal Bolton Hospital said “teaching members of our community these simple life saving skills gives patients a better chance of recovery when they reach hospital.”

Julie Corcoran, a Television Production Manager, added “I wanted to become a volunteer to be able to give something back to our community.  The Heartstart Team are an amazing group of people who give their time and skills voluntarily.  I am proud to be a member of Knutsford Heartstart Team.”

Dan Young, the Associate Minister at St. Johns Church, Toft said “I decided to train as a Heartstart volunteer after I had completed my second Heartstart course.”

Finally, Steve Nixon who, as he puts it is “one of the inglorious self-employed!” added “The reason I joined the Knutsford Heartstart Team is that I hate to think that I couldn’t assist a friend in need, and all strangers are potentially unknown friends.”


In presenting them with their “team colours and badges”, Adrian Rees thanked them for their hard work and commitment to become another valued member of the Knutsford Team.  He added ”having such fantastic new members to our Team is a real privilege; not only do we enjoy their company, they are enabling us to continue our goal to train as many residents of Knutsford and its outlying communities as possible. To date, we have trained over 2,000 residents!

We are also looking for new volunteers to become First Responders with us and will shortly be embarking on a recruitment drive in Knutsford”


To book a place on a Heartstart Course, or to register your interest in becoming a volunteer, follow the links on the Trust’s web-site:  www.heartstartknutsford.co.uk, or call Adrian on 01565 631324.

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Heartstart Attendee Saves a Life

Robbie Wolfson, a local dentist living in Knutsford, used his Life Saving Skills learnt at our Heartstart Course to save the life of a fellow cyclist who had suffered a cardiac arrest in Tatton Park just before Christmas.

Robbie spoke about the dramatic incident during our Heartstart course in January, which he was attending for his annual “refresher”.

Robbie told his fellow attendees how his Heartstart training just “kicked in”.

Robbie started to perform CPR to the victim, a Dad of three Rob Harwood, whilst the Tatton Park wardens were called.  On their arrival with an AED, they continued to give CPR and administer the shocks with the AED until the Ambulance arrived.

Rob Harwood survived and the Knutsford Guardian published a photo of all four in this weeks edition.

To see and read the full story, follow the link:


Fantastic story; again illustrating our slogan: SIMPLE SKILLS SAVES LIVES

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Knutsford Heartstart’s Record Year

The Christmas edition of the Knutsford Guardian also posted details of our achievements in 2014!

Follow link:


Our 2015 Heartstart Courses commence on Thursday, 8th January and then on the first Thursday of every month thereafter

Book early to avoid disappointment; another record year is expected!

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End of a record-breaking year for Knutsford Heartstart!

We held our last Heartstart Course of 2014 yesterday evening to another full house!

In 2014 the Knutsford Heartstart Team has held a total of 12 Heartstart Courses (together with 2 “First -Aid” Courses for the Explorer Scouts and 2 courses for the Cubs)!

A total of 283 people have been trained in the year and received our British Heart Foundation Heartstart Certificates; 80% as these being “first-timers”!

In 2013, only 97 people were trained of which only 43% were “first-timers”.

A nearly threefold increase in people trained – a tribute to the hard-work and dedication of our team of Heartstart volunteers.

Other notable events for Knutsford Heartstart in 2014 included:

  • Two new , qualified Instructors added to the Team (Steph Griffith & Becca Nelson)
  • Six new Training Facilitator volunteers join our Team (Bridget Knight, Emily Dubois, Dan Young, Tom Donald, Steve Nixon & Julie Corcoran)
  • Our new, dedicated web-site launched which includes an On-Line Course Booking Facility
  • “Limited Edition” Heartstart Badge scheme launched
  • Awarded the honour of being Sainsbury Knutsford’s “Charity of the Year”
  • New Publicity Material created and distributed
  • Links with Wythenshawe Hospital Cardiac Re-Hab Unit forged
  • Regular reviews appearing in the Knutsford Guardian (including a full page spread on Cara Cunningham’s experience on being trained by us!)

So, we move into 2015!

We will be aiming to provide even more Heartstart Courses in the year (a minimum of one/month), seek more recruits, train more people to learn that “SIMPLE SKILLS SAVE LIVES



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New 2015 Heartstart Poster Launched


Our new 2015 Heartstart Poster will soon be seen in key locations throughout Knutsford Town and its surrounding Communities.

A smaller version of this new design, with a map of Knutsford Town showing all the current AED locations on the rear, will also be delivered to households in Knutsford and the surrounding villages in early 2105 – with help from our volunteers.

Anyone willing to help in this key activity should call me on 01565 631324

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Sainsbury’s hold a “Mega Tombola” in aid of Heartstart

I reported in August that Sainsbury’s Knutsford Store had chosen Knutsford Community First Responder Trust as its “CHARITY OF THE YEAR”.

Since then they have filled the store with details of the Trust’s Heartstart activities and encouraged their shoppers to donate via the Heartstart collection tins.

Gareth Saunders, Manager of Sainsbury’s Knutsford, announced in August that they were also planning to hold a number of “special events” in the Knutsford community throughout the year with their staff participating in a range of sponsored events, such as Bunge-Jumping and possibly even Sky Diving!

The first event of the year was held last week when Sainsbury’s hosted a “Mega Tombola” in the store with a fantastic range of prizes donated by local retailers including PizzaExpress, Pulse of Perfumery, the Cha Bar, the Bath House, Guys and the Candy Workshop, together with donations from the public.

We were delighted with the generosity of the gifts received, said Gareth. The Tombola ran for 2 whole days, manned by his staff and supported by volunteers from the Trust

Adrian Rees, Chairman of the Trust again expressed his thanks to Sainsbury’s for honouring the Trust to be their nominated charity. “Providing the Knutsford Community a First Responder service, holding monthly Heartstart Courses for the public and installing Defibrillator’s in our community is obviously very expensive; without the continuing generosity of local businesses like Sainsbury’s and the Knutsford residents, we would be unable to maintain these life-saving services.

We are really looking forward to working with the enthusiastic Sainsbury Fund-Raising Team in all their forthcoming “special events”.

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New Heartstart Badge Launched

Knutsford Community First Responder Trust launched their new a new “limited edition” Knutsford Community Heartstart Enamel Badge at last Thursday’s monthly Heartstart Course

Heaststart badge photo 3-001

This Badge will NOT be available to the “general public”.   It is only to be awarded to participants who have successfully completed its Heartstart course and been awarded the British Heart Foundation accredited certificate.

I am asking those who will be presented with this award to “wear it with pride” said The Trust’s Chairman Adrian Rees, who is also the Knutsford Community Heartstart Coordinator “Having this badge prominently displayed when you are out shopping, taking walks, on holiday etc. will show people that you are trained to perform CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation) and to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator) and in the (hopefully very unlikely) event of attending a cardiac arrest incident, the public will know that you are the person “to take charge” ”

Emily Dubois (one of the new volunteer Heartstart recruits) is shown below wearing her new Heartstart Badge at last weeks Heartstart Course



The story of the launch has also appeared in this week’s Knutsford Guardian

To see the article, click:  http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/11517289.Heartstart_badge_is_launched/?ref=erec


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Extra Heartstart Course in October

Due to expectional (and very welcome) demand for places on our monthly Heartstart Courses, we have added an extra course in October.

The extra course will be held on Thursday, 23rd October 2014

As with all our public Heartstart courses, start time is 7.00pm in the Knutsford Methodist Church Hall.

You can book onto this extra course immediately by calling me on 10565 631324.  On-line booking will be available from this weekend.

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Cara Cunningham’s Heartstart Course Review

Cara Cunningham, a reporter with the Knutsford Guardian, accepted our invitation to attend our September Heartstart Course last week.

The article on her experiences is published in today’s edition of the Guardian.

The link is:


We enjoyed having Cara with us and (I’m delighted to say) she passed!

Cara has previously published several other articles in the Knutsford Guardian on the Trust’s activities throughout the year – see these on our earlier News pages.

Many thanks for your continuing support Cara and see you again in 12 months!


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In Memory of Harry Dubois

Emily and her mother Debbie Dubois successfully completed our September Heartstart Course last week.

Their attendance was as a consequence of the totally unexpected and untimely death of Emily’s brother Harry.  Harry, only 17 years old, tragically died in April this year an undiagnosed Heart condition “aortic dissection”.

The Dubois Family are now courageously raising money for research into sudden heart defects in the young, entitled “In Memory of Harry Dubois”.

A fundraising page has been set up on the British Heart Foundation web-site (http://lastinghope.bhf.org.uk/harryduboisfundraising) and, to date, has raised nearly £30,000!  Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund can do so by logging onto this page.

A Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfHarryJospthDubois) updates readers with news of fundraising/awareness events.

Emily, as part of her desire to keep her brothers memory alive, has also decided to join our Trust as a Heartstart Facilitator and is currently undergoing her training.  On the longer term she has expressed an interest in training up to be one of our First Responder Team.

Emily Dubois cert presenation Sept 14


Pictured above is Emily Dubois receiving her BHF accredited Heartstart Certificate from Adrian Rees, Chairman of KCFRT.

Welcome to the Team Emily!

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