2018 C-R-Y Screening Programme Announced

KCFRT can confirm that they will be hosting a further 2 Screening Days in 2018 for “young adults” between the ages of 14 and 35 years old.

This is our 3rd year providing free cardiac screening for Knutsford and surrounding community residents.

Our inaugural Screening was held in October 2016, where 104 young adults were screened at Knutsford Methodist Church.

2 further Screening Days were held in 2017, in March and September, when a further 203 were screened by the C-R-Y Team.

With each Screening Day requiring KCFRT to raise in excess of £5,000, by a combination of our Fundraising Events and local donations, we had only secured sufficient funds to commit to a first Screening Day until last week.

The first free Cardiac Screening is being held at The Knutsford Academy School on Tuesday, 27th March 2018, for students at the Academy aged 14 years and older:

Our second 2018 Screening Day, planned for Saturday, 3rd November 2018, for all local residents to be held again at the Knutsford Methodist Church, had been in doubt as we needed to raise a further £7,500!

I’m now delighted to announce that, following the article in last weeks Knutsford Guardian about KCFRT needing a local sponsor for the event, we have secured the necessary funding courtesy of the “Aaron James Dixon Memorial Fund” and we are able to confirm our 2nd Screening Day as Saturday, 3rd November 2018!

I’m sure you would all like to join us to thank Deborah Dixon, whose son Aaron died of sudden cardiac arrest 3 years ago and who has since worked tirelessly to raise funds in his memory for Cardiac Screening’s all over the UK, for her most generous donation to fund Knutsford’s public Cardiac Screening in November of this year.


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Book now for KCFRT Heartbeat Ball



Knutsford First Responders will be getting their glad rags out for their HeartBeat Ball on Sat 14th April at the Courthouse in Knutsford. They will be joined by their patron Michael Oliver OBE.

To entertain them will be the extremely talented Pete Turner aka FUSION who will perform close up magic to astound and guest celebrity comedian Ted Robbins of Phoenix Nights fame. Ted actively supports Heartstart following a heart attach an stage a few years ago. DJ Steve Sale will provide the music for dancing.

Proceeds help to fund KCFRT Life saving Services to Knutsford and it’s surrounding communities

To find out more and buy your tickets, please contact either Heather or Pauline on their numbers above











































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KCFRT’S Annual Christmas Celebration

KCFRT held it’s annual get together for all Members at the Knutsford Golf Club last week.

We enjoyed great food, dancing to a fabulous band (Sight “N” Sound); quiz’s, together with the presentation of our own Awards to our volunteers who have “gone the extra mile” during 2017 in providing Life-Saving Services to the Knutsford Community














KCFRT Members


Sal Thompson (KCFRT’s Chairman) thanked all the volunteers for their work in providing First Responder Cover, Heartstart Courses, Defribillator Installations and running the 2 C-R-Y Cardiac Screening Days in 2017.

For the first time, she explained that we would be presenting individual members with “Special Recognition Awards” and looked forward to repeating these Awards at each year’s annual get-together hereon.



This award is for a person who is always there, working away in the background, making sure we are all fed and watered. Siew-Mei attends all Knutsford & Wythenshawe Heartstart courses, as a facilitator and as general kitchen manager, plus supporting many other events throughout the year.

The winner is Siew-Mei Brennan











This award is for someone who goes above and beyond their job role, who has provided us with a great link with NWAS, who after a busy day as a paramedic likes nothing better than to volunteer for a Heartstart course. She acts as a trainer and facilitator and is a fantastic ambassador for us and for NWAS.

The winner is Carol Robertson











This person is another “can’t get enough of my job” type person. He works all day with the NHS as a Doctor and then volunteers to deliver Heartstart courses, not only in Knutsford but also setting up and helping to run the new sub group in Wythenshawe. Tom has trained the most Heartstart courses in the past year.

The Winner is Tom Donald

Unfortunately, Tom was not there to receive his Award as he was working!  He will be presented with the Award at the next Heartstart Course




This person isn’t actually a one off, she comes with a whole host of folks behind her. This year we have been spurred on to greater things with her, and their, enthusiasm and general gung ho approach to fund raising.

 The Winners are Emily & Pauline Coffey, “Team Coffey”!





This year my WOW Award goes to someone who managed to put goosebumps on everyone’s arms and raised a celebratory flutter in our hearts. It goes to a person who was able to save a life, whilst off duty, practically on her own front drive. The patient survived. Sylvia please come and accept this award and tell everyone what you were able to do with one small red box (AED)

The Winner is Sylvia Thomas






















Members of the fabulous Sight “N” Sound



A great evening was had by all!!



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Trust Carol Singers tour Knutsford’s Pubs & Restaurants

Members of KCFRT, dressed in a variety of Christmas Costumes, toured Knutsford’s Pubs and Restaurants on Thursday and Friday evenings, providing fantastic renditions of all the traditional Christmas Carols!
















Particular thanks to Pete Thompson (Father Christmas), Sal Thompson (Nun), Geoff Dalton (Reindeer) and all the other fantastic Trust volunteers wearing a variety of costumes, who braved the elements to entertain the Knutsford revellers!

Thanks to their generosity, we raised the fantastic sum of £978.00 – towards the costs of our many life-saving services



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Donation Update for Yorston Lodge AED

As of 14th December 2017, KCFRT have so far received £823.00 towards the £2,000.00 target to install a 24/7 External AED outside Yorston Lodge School!

Many thanks to all who have donated so far

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KCFRT Launches New External AED Initiative.

Phase 1 of the Trust’s Initiative to install externally mounted and accessible AED’s in outlying Knutsford Communities was completed this summer with SIX AED’s installed in the following locations:

  • Plumley
  • Peover Superior
  • Lower Peover
  • Great Warford
  • Rostherne
  • Wincham

We have now launched Phase 2 of our Initiative: To install Externally Mounted & Accessible 24/7 AED’s  within various Knutsford town neighbourhoods.

In November 2017, the first project – installing an AED/Cabinet accessible 24/7 outside Yorston Lodge School – started.

Financing the ~£2,000 required is being achieved by “crowdfunding”

Approximately 250 letters from the Trust have been sent out to residents around Yorston Lodge School as follows:


“Dear Knutsford Resident

Knutsford Community First Responder Trust is a local charity, manned by volunteers. One of the Trust’s founding visions is to ensure that the residents of Knutsford have quick access to Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to reduce the risk of premature death due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Currently there are numerous AED’s within the town, some of which we manage. Of these none are available to you 24/7, they are only accessible when the buildings they are located in are open for business. We would like to address this.


For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated with an AED, the chance of survival decreases by 23%.  

Your nearest 24/7 accessible AED is located at Knutsford Fire Station.

We would like to install 24/7 AEDs in Knutsford where you live, so that you can reach it by car, or on foot, within 2 minutes.

Will you help us to do this?

Please read the attached information which will detail what we’d like to do to achieve this in your neighbourhood, for you, your loved ones and your community.

Thank you, Sal Thompson

Chairman KCFRT, November 2017″

As of the the 10th December a total of £663.00 donations have been received. – Many thanks to all who have participated so far!

The total received will be regularly updated in our News & Events Page.

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KCFRT Welcomes it’s latest First Responder!

Liz Edwards joined our qualified Community First Responder Team last week, having successfully completed all her NWAS Training.

I presented her with her new “uniform” at the end of last week’s Heartstart Course (where Liz also volunteers as a Training Facilitator)

Congratulations. Welcome to our CFR Team Liz!!


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Knutsford Scottish Dancing Society attend our Hearstart Course

KCFRT hold free “public” Heartstart courses each month (to book a place, see “Courses” Page on the web-site).

Exceptionally, if suffient of our team of Heartstart volunteers are available, we also hold “bespoke” Heartstart courses to local societies, clubs etc.

We received such a request from Knutsford’s Scottish Dancing Society and we provided our Heartstart course to 22 of their members last Wednesday evening.

Tom Donald Instructed – and came in his McDonald Tarten Kilt to fit the occasion (see below)!

Thanks to Tom plus Siew-Mei, Dan, Steve, Carol, Liz & Toni for their help on the night.

Margaret Hoyton, The Knutsford Scottish Dancing Society organiser, E-Mailed me a “thank you” message the following day:

“Dear Adrian,
Thanks once again for arranging our Bespoke training session. I have had lots of positive feedback. Not only did everyone learn  but they also, somewhat to their surprise, enjoyed themselves.
Please pass on our thanks to your team.



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Knutsford Lady wins First Responder Raffle Draw

Dr Michael Oliver – Knutsford First Responders new Patron – made the draw for the winning raffle ticket for the beautiful Emma Williams original Painting on Friday.

The world renowned Knutsford Artist Emma, a member of KCFRT, had donated her beautiful original Painting entitled “Peonies & Cherries Knutsford View” to help raise funds for Knutsford First Responders many life-saving services in our community.

The winner was a Knutsford resident, Sian Hoolah, who was presented with the Painting by Emma herself


Adrian Rees, Knutsford First Responder Trustee said “Thanks again for all the hard work put in by our Trust members in selling the raffle tickets, with a grand total of £847.40 raised towards our many services and, again, to Emma Williams for her most generous donation of her fabulous painting Painting to KCFRT.

Raffle tickets were sold throughout the world (Emma’s many admirers and customers taking part), but it was fitting that a Knutsford resident won the fantastic prize as the majority of the Raffle Tickets were bought by local residents who directly benefit from the Trusts many life-saving services”

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Sal’s KCFRT “Happenings” Autumn 2017


Hi all

Just to keep you in the loop about what’s been happening and what’s coming up in the Trust over the next couple of months
16th September 2017 saw a number of Trust members manning the stall at Booth’s supermarket,
having great conversations with Knutsford residents raising our profile and encouraging people to attend Heartstart courses.
Thanks to Siew-Mei, Adrian, Amanda (& her enthusiastic daughter) Sal, Steve, Kevin, Terry, & Sylvia
23rd Sept 2017 saw our second C.R.Y event of 2017 take place at Knutsford Methodist Church.) Where one hundred young people had their hearts checked
Thanks to our volunteers for manning the day and ensuring all went smoothly and to Debbie Dubois for co-funding the event
AED provided and placed in Fire Station External cabinet, the first 24/7 CPAD within Knutsford town
5th Oct 2017 Heartstart Course presented to 16 people
Many thanks to Adrian, Sylvia, Dan, Liz, Siew-mei, Emily, Stuart, Chris D, Chris G, Steve and Carol
14th Oct 2017 saw Sal & Pauline attend a 50th celebration gig by “Sight N’Sound”, 50% of the proceeds from the event were generously donated to KCFRT
(this is the band that will be playing at our celebrations in January.)
28th Oct 2017 we held a Breeze & Wilson concert at Toft CC, thanks to the “Events” team for a fun filled musical night, approx £550 raised via ticket sales, raffle etc
2nd Nov 2017 Heartstart Course presented to 26 people
Many thanks to our Instructors Carol & Dan and our Facilitators Pauline, Emily, Liz, Jenny, Steve, Chris, Siew-Mei, Robbie and Emily 
Our new KCFRT Logo arrived, we have started to use them and hope to have them out and about soon
 Many thanks to Bella Designs of Knutsford for the creation of this fantastic new Logo!
3rd Nov 2017 saw 5 beautiful ladies (Sylvia, Siew-Mei, Sal, Pauline & Amanda) heading off to the Heartsafe Awards at the Hilton Manchester.
We were finalists in the Emergency Services category but were beaten by very worthy winners from NWAS, we did however manage to come home with 2 rather large Monkeys, courteousy of Pauline! (Please don’t ask)


5th Nov 2017 saw several Trust members braving the cold weather to “man” a stall on the sunday Market in Knutsford, raising awareness and selling raffle tickets for the Emma Williams painting. 

Our thanks to those brave souls, Adrian, Terry, Bex, Sal, Liz, Tony, Geoff & Emma.
Total raised in Raffle tickets thus far is £817.00
What’s coming up?
15th November 2017 Extra Heartstart course for the Scottish Country Music club at KMC
17th November 2017 Emma William’s Painting Raffle Draw to be held at 11am at Oliver Valves, our Patron drawing the winning ticket
29th November 2017 Executive meeting (please note this is a change of date from the original scheduled for 6th Dec)
7th December 2017 Last Heartstart of the year
14th & 15th December 2017 Dressed “UP” Carol singing around Knutsford drinking establishments.
Come and join Santa, his Reindeer and a Turkey brightening up the festive season and rattling the KCFRT buckets.
If you’re interested in joining us let Sal Thompson know.
4th January 2018 The first Heartstart course of 2018
12th January 2018 Our “Christmas” dinner celebrations and Trust Awards evening at Knutsford Golf Club, with live music from “Sight n’Sound”, details to be circulated
What else is happening?
  • In November we are planning to launch an initiative to raise funds from a “Residents crowd funding appeal” in order to place a Community Public accessible Defibrillator (CPAD) at Yorston Lodge School. If this is succesful we are planning on duplicating the process throughout Knutsford so that everyone is within a 2 minute distance of an AED 24 hours a day. Watch out we will be coming to your area soon.
  • Also in November our Patron, Michael Oliver, is sending an appeal letter out to all the companies based on the Parkgate Industrial Estate. We will be following this up with a phone call and/or a visit, offering our Services, encouraging training and AED provision along with raising funds.
I’m sure there will be somethings that I have forgotten to mention, apologises.
Please keep on doing what you do for the Trust, there is SO MUCH that goes on behind the scenes, THANK YOU to you all
Sal Thompson – KCFRT Chairman
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