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Another AED Goes Live

We are extremely excited to say the our AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Project is still on going with the formal launch of the AED in Dobbies Garden Centre, which has now been registered with the Ambulance Service and by the time you read this, the next one on the Spencers Wood Village Hall will have also been installed. That brings our total that we have installed to 16 and we are directly responsible for another 8, meaning that 24 of these life saving machines are out there because of us!


Charity Pantomime raise in excess of £1900!

We are really excited to announce that the Charity Pantomime raised more than £1900.


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Panto Tickets now avaliable!


If you wish to purchase tickets for the Russel Players Charity Pantomime where all proceeds are being donated to us, then please click here.

Another AED goes live in local school

We are pleased to announce that we have just given yet another AED to one of our local schools.  This time is to St Marys Junior School in Wokingham.

Barry and Steve took the AED down there to show the staff how it all worked.  So that’s another one that the group have donated.


Barry with Mrs Sue Runciman, Head Teacher

Barry with Mrs Sue Runciman, Head Teacher

Shortlisted in the Heartsafe Awards 2016

heartsafe-logo heartsafeWe are very happy to announce that the Swallowfield Community responders were shortlisted out of many hundreds of schemes in this years Heartsafe Awards.  Whilst they did not win, they were nevertheless very proud to have made it that far in the face of many other schemes.

The UK Heart Safe Awards, is the UK’s leading national awards competition to celebrate organisations and employers who invest in creating Heart Safe environments and the acts of individuals who have saved lives while at work or leisure.

We attend the Arborfield Emergency Services Day

We were very fortunate to have been once again invited to the Arborfield Emergency Services Day.  Great fun was held by all and we were very busy indeed.  We were very grateful to Geraint (one of our Heartstart Instructors) who had obtained permission from the Army to come along and help out!



Start of the day

Its getting busy!

Its getting busy!









Geraint looks on as someone else demonstrates!

Geraint looks on as someone else demonstrates!

Barry with a young recruit

Barry with a young recruit

Local Schools benefit from AED Donations

We are very pleased to announce that Heartstart Swallowfield and the Swallowfield Community Responders have between them raised enough funds to donate three AED’s to our local Schools.

Two of these have now been deployed in the Oakbank School and Lambs Lane School.

Barry and Gary with 2 Oakbank pupils

Barry and Gary with 2 OakBank pupils


Barry and Gary with Mrs Finn (head Teacher of Lambs Land) and 2 pupils

Barry and Gary with Mrs Finn (Head Teacher of Lambs Land) and 2 pupils

We now have to deploy the last remaining one into Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School.

Fraser’s Budgens puts their Heart into the Community

We are very pleased to announce that not only have Fraser’s Budgens allowed us to reinstall the Public AED onto their Three Mile Cross Site, they have also paid for the privilege!  Frasers is a family run Company that really likes to be part of the Community and they jumped at the chance to show this by asking whether they could actually make a donation to pay for the AED that was on the front of their shop. We really must thank the Fraser family as this donation actually means that we can place a defibrillator into one of the local schools.

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(from the left: Gary Clark; Nick Fraser; Jonathan Fraser; Barry Davis)

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Heartstart attends the Swallowfield Church Fete

We were once again very happy and pleased to be invited back to the Swallowfield Church Fete.  The weather held on the whole and the Fete saw hundreds of people attending.  at one point there was not a single chair left around the tea tent and it looked like the whole or the vicinity had descended to partake in afternoon tea and cakes!

We were busier than normal with lots of people wanting to try CPR and / or the AED.. We put this down to our bigger Gazebo where we now have much more spaceSwallowfield Church fete 2016 2 Swallowfield Church fete 2016 1

Heartstart Attends Pang Valley Camp

Gazebo - Pang Valley Camp

We were very fortunate to be asked to attend the Pang Valley Camp this year where 500 Scouts, beavers, cubs, explorers all descended into Pangbourne for a couple of days of fun and education.  We were asked to be part of the Community Section and taught the youngsters CPR and how the AED works.  Needless to say we were quite exhausted at the end of the day but absolutely loved being there.  With 500 people we needed as many helpers as we could get so Sean, a previous Swallowfield Community Responder cam along and helped – Thank you Sean!.

Click here to go to the video of the event where if you are quick you may see Barry and Sean!

Some pictures of the event:

Watch your own Heart Attack

An interesting twist on a Heart Attack.  See through your own eyes what a Heart Attack feels like.

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