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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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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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