103 Young people screened in Knutsford for heart problems

On Saturday the Knutsford First Responders, The Aaron Dixon Memorial Fund and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) joined forces to provide free heart screening for 103 young people.

Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people lose their lives to sudden cardiac death in the UK. A staggering 80% of these apparently healthy young people who die from young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) will have shown no previous sign of heart defects until it is too late – which is why screening is vitally important.

If there has been a young (under 35) sudden death in the family, the family is entitled to be screened on the NHS but otherwise routine screening is not available.

CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test.  Results are read by a cardiologist. For extra clarity an Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan) can also be done. The conditions can be treated, securing a future for those identified.
All of CRY’s public events are free to attend. For details of future screenings see www.testmyheart.org.uk

The Knutsford First Responders are raising money for the next screening in Knutsford which will be held on 2nd April 2019 at the Knutsford Academy and will be available to all students of the school aged 14 or older. £5,000 is needed to fund this event, to donate please click here.

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Over £800 raised at our Wine Tasting event hosted at Booths!

Yesterday an amazing £800 was raised during a wine tasting event hosted at Booths supermarket in Knutsford. A fabulous time was had by all who attended (even our “Little Anne’s” who help us teach CPR!). Thank you to the attendees, the volunteers who have organised and supported the event and also to Booths! The money will go directly to supporting our healthcare initiatives in Knutsford.


If you would like to find out more about our free evening courses that teach what to do in an emergency click here.

Our next fundraising event is a stall at the Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 1st December at Knutsford Methodist Church. See you there!

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Donate to us without spending a penny!

We now have a new scheme where you do not have to part from your hard earned cash to help us raise money. Simply donate unwanted items such as foreign currency, old mobile phones and stamps and we can recycle them to produce funds for our various community activities.

Time for a clear out??

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Booking now open for heart screening day in Knutsford

CRY Event Nov 2018

We have the pleasure to announce that booking is now possible for the heart screening day we are hosting in memory of Aaron Dixon. Available for anyone aged 14 to 35. Please go direct to the website to book your place. Appointments are FREE. However please remember, each appointment actually costs £75, fully paid for by donations, so if you book an appointment be sure to add it to your diary! Missed appointments still have to be paid for. We have the pleasure to be able to offer this event to Knutsford residents with the kind help of Debbie Dixon who lost her son Aaron aged just 24 due to a genetic heart defect.


Book an appointment here: www.testmyheart.org.uk

Read more about Debbie and Aaron here: www.c-r-y.org.uk/deborah-dixon-cheshire

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Barclays Family Fun Day

Stuart and team at Barclays Family Fun Day

A fabulously fun day was had by all at the Barclays family fun day at Radbrook hall on Saturday. Well done Stuart and the team who worked hard to make this happen. We raised £178 which will be match-funded by Barclays. Thanks to Barclays for continuing to invite us to this annual event!

We have got the wine tasting evening coming up next on the 27th of September. See the poster for details!

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Knutsford First Responders receive an Everyday Hero Award from NWAS

Sylvia Thomas

Members of KCFRT were delighted to attend North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in house award ceremony, recognising Clinical Excellence across Cheshire & Merseyside.
3 team members, Pauline Coffey, Terry Griffiths & Sylvia Thomas were proud to receive the Everyday Hero Award on behalf of the Trust at this inaugural event.
The award was given in recognition of the breadth of the Trust’s work across it’s 4 operating areas and it is well deserved by every volunteer who helps in any capacity.
Sylvia stated “It is a credit to us all to receive such a recognition from our own peers within NWAS”
Well done team KCFRT!!

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Another life saved!!

Graham Jones from Bolton, a member of Bikemarshals, came across an incident whilst working on the Manchester to Blackpool Cycle Ride.  A female rider was unconscious on the ground with several people standing round her.   They had requested an ambulance and had told the call taker that the patient was breathing….that of course lowered the urgency status of the call.
Graham recognised that she was in fact agonal breathing (about one breath every 30 to 40 seconds) and was in cardiac arrest.    Much to the surprise of the on lookers Graham commenced CPR and asked someone to fetch his AED from the pannier of his bike.  He then shocked the lady three times.    After some time (and it was a really hot day) a fire appliance en route to the ongoing fire on Winter Hill, stopped and the crew came to Grahams assistance.   The lady, 56 year old Elaine Spector from Lytham St Annes was taken by ambulance to The Royal Bolton Hospital ICU.
Graham has been to see her in hospital and to say it was an emotional reunion is somewhat of an understatement.   

Elaine and Graham

Elaine is doing well and there does not seem to be any damage to her heart and brain.

Graham (who was on the first Heartstart Training Course that the Bikemarshals attended) said “De-fibs do work and people should be aware of the signs and symptoms of a cardiac arrest. Get stuck in and do something, don’t just stand around doing nothing. Whatever you do is not going to worsen the situation but maybe you may be able to save a life”. Barrie Green, Bikemarshals Co-Ordinator said “We do of course recognise the importance of early intervention, effective CPR and defibrillation and we have invested heavily on AEDs….we now have five AEDs and try to have at least one on every event we attend…Its no use having them without being competent in using them and we are extremely grateful  to our great friends at Knutsford Community First Responder Trust for facilitating Heartstart training……..everyone should attend a course…..Like Graham you might even be in the position to give someone the greatest gift ever….life.   I know that Elaine would agree.”
The Knutsford first Responders are delighted to have enabled Graham to save Elaine’s life – what better gift could there be?
Sign up for a HeartStart course here.
Learn more about Bikemarshals here: bikemarshals.co.uk
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Heartbeat Ball review and photos

Guests were welcomed with a bucks fizz reception before enjoying a fun evening with comedian and compère Ted Robbins (of Phoenix Nights fame).

After being confounded by the close up magic of Peter Turner (aka Fusion the Magician), guests then danced into the early hours to DJ Johnnie G.

An auction and a raffle helped to raise £4,000, which will support the ongoing work of the First Responders team; its Hearstart courses, defibrillator provision and heart screening of young people.

Nine Lives Media was filming during the evening for a BBC documentary, highlighting the struggle small charities face in raising vital funds.

Chairman, Sal Thompson said “I am delighted with the evening and the response from our supporters. Thank you to evryone and we will look forward to seeing you next year.”

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Knutsford First Responders featured in a BBC documentary!

The Knutsford First Responders have been featured in a BBC documentary about British charities.

The presenter of ‘Britian’s Secret Charity Cheats’ attended our HeartBeat Ball in April in order to highlight how charities use events like these to fundraise. See interviews with our very own Chairman Sal Thomson, and our First Responder Team Lead Sylvia Thomas. We are featured from around 22 minutes in. Enjoy!

And if you’re sorry you missed the ball – don’t worry! We’re planning another for 2019 – watch this space.

Watch the whole show on iPlayer:


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Chelford AED Project – Donation Total at 18/06/18

KCFRT have teamed with CTARA (Chelford Tenants and Residents Association) to seek donations from Chelford residents to erect 3 externally mounded AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) around the village.

Currently there are NO AED’s accessible 24/7 in and around the village.

A “crowdfunding” appeal has been launched in the village to raise the £6,000 necessary, to date an incredible £2467.76 has been received!!! Well done to the residents of Chelford!

Externally mounted sites have been agreed at Chelford Village Hall, Astle Coomunity Hub and in a suitable location in the Dixon Estate.

To donate to this project, please use the “CAF” button on the Home Page of the web-site, or send a cheque, made out to “Knutsford Community First Responder Trust” and write on the back “Chelford AED Project”,  to our Chairman – Sal Thompson at Cedar House, Hayton Street, Knutsford WA16 ODR.


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