About Us

Heartstart Swallowfield is affiliated to, but independent of, the British Heart Foundation. The scheme, which was founded by the Swallowfield Community Responders in August 2013, provides training on Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills to the people around Reading, Wokingham and all adjoining areas. Training is free, although we do ask for donations to cover our running costs, and can be attended by anyone over the age of ten. We are supported by medical professionals from The South Central Ambulance Foundation Trust and Swallowfield Medical Practice.

Scheme Coordinator

Gary Clark.  Who after attending the first ever Community Responder Conference in Manchester with Ian Hammond was inspired to follow other responder groups and start a local group run by the Swallowfield Community Responders. Gary is the main point of contact between the scheme and the BHF and is responsible for all its administration.

Medical Director

Dr Raju Prabhakar, MBBS MRCP. Dr Prabhaker is a doctor within the Swallowfield Medical Practice  who has an interest in cardiac care and kindly agreed to be the schemes Medical Director. He is responsible for ensuring that the scheme complies with the conditions of affiliation.

Training Supervisor

Steve Cartwright – Community Liaison And Training Officer for the South Central Ambulance Foundation Trust.  Steve was also previously the CLATO for the Swallowfield Community Responders and works very closely with the group to help drive its success. Steve is responsible for ensuring that the Instructors have both reached and maintain the standards required by the BHF.


Gary Clark, Barry Davis and Steve Alder are all members of the Swallowfield Community Responders. They are joined by Geraint Davies.


Donations towards our running costs can easily be made via

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