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New Heartstart Instructors Wanted

Due to increasing demand for our courses, we need some more Heartstart Instructors.  No previous experience is necessary as all training will be given.  If anyone is interested in this exciting and very rewarding volunteer role, then please contact Gary on 07768 068 270.

Barry is Awarded Volunteer of the Year


Shinfield Parish Council have recognised the tremendous amount of work that Barry does for both Heartstart Swallowfield and the Swallowfield Community Responder and have named him Volunteer of the Year at the recent Shinfield Annual Parish Meeting. We are very pleased that Barry’s hard work is being recognised in the Community. Well done Barry!



Barry Accepting Award - Web Barry Davis Volunteer of The Year 2016

Sport Relief Help Us Continue our Courses

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in getting a Sport Relief grant to advertise our courses in Wokingham as well as secure the venue.  This was quite an unexpected grant, but very welcomed.

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Gary Gets Shortlisted and Needs Your Votes!

We need your help!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Gary Clark, the Group’s co-ordinator is one of 5 people shortlisted in Markel’s Insurance Britain’s Best Volunteer Award 2016.

Gary was shortlisted from hundreds of nominations by a panel of judges but now the winner is picked from the public and that’s why we need your support!

The public are being invited to vote by ranking each of the 5 finalists from 1st to 5th place and the link to vote can be found here:

Now a couple of points to note:

  • You must rank all 5 otherwise your vote will not be counted
  • They will only take one vote from a single IP address. So if you wish to ask others in your family to vote the best thing to do is:
    • One use your home PC
    • Another use a work PC as well (if possible)
    • Use your phone (when not connected to your home Wi-Fi)
  • Voting stops on 17:00 on 18th March, after which any votes cast will not be counted.

You will all know from the work we do the importance of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED’s) and how it can save lives. If Gary was successful in winning this competition it would mean a donation to our scheme so that we could purchase at least 1, possibly 2 more AED’s for the local community which would be tremendous news. It is Gary’s wish that if successful we place these within 2 of the local schools.

There is of course also the publicity that the scheme would receive which would enable us to promote the Heartstart course, and if you remember “simple skills can and do save lives”.

We do therefore hope that you will support Gary and therefore us and cast your vote as indicated above.

If anyone would like to know more, then of course please do not hesitate to ask.

And of course – PLEASE PASS THE REQUEST ON, as we need every vote we can get!.


The Heartstart Swallowfield Team

Bracknell Scouts enjoyed the course

We recently delivered a Heartstart course to the Bracknell scouts, here is what some of them had to say:

“I thought that the course was very good and educational and can save millions of lives. Also I love doing courses like this because I find them really fun. I also learn a lot and the scout leaders gives us so many good opportunities like this.”
Scout Age 10

“Heartstart was very interesting because I never know Drs ABC existed and I now know how to help when and adult or child is choking. The best part was we got to do CPR on dummies and put a real person into the recovery position.”
Scout Age 11

“I really enjoyed doing Heartstart course last week. The instructors made it fun. I find it hard to remember things but they made it easy for me to learn.”
Scout Age 10

“What I thought of the Heartstart Course –
In my opinion, the course that Heartstart Swallowfield produced for us was brilliant! The instructors were nice and gave great advice on what to do in the event of an emergency. The videos that were shown were educational in teaching us step to step. The skills I learnt have now made me feel confident to use them if I need to. This course was well delivered and one of the most useful events I have been to for a long time. Thank You.”
Scout Age 12

This is great feedback and just goes to show that the course can be both relevant and interesting for the younger members of our society!  We had a great time and are looking forward to the next course in March.

Heartstart Co-ordinator gets the Halifax Extra Award!

????????We are very excited to announce that Gary has been selected as one of only 66 local Halifax Giving Extra Award local winners for 2015.

Carolyn, his wife nominated him for the work he puts into the Swallowfield Community Responders as well as Heartstart Swallowfield and all of the fund raising that he achieved for the original purchase of the scheme vehicle and the numerous AED’s that are now within the community.  His nomination was selected, out of the thousands that the Halifax received, for the difference he makes in his community. They reviewed every nomination, shortlisted the best and then ran a series of panels up and down the UK to select 66 Giving Extra Award local winners.

We are extremely pleased for Gary and of course the team as despite it being a single nomination, it is always the team together that really makes the difference.

Gary’s nomination is now being reviewed and will be put forward for 7 regional winners, each of whom will receive £5,000 for their group.  We are of course keeping our fingers crossed as these funds will mean the deployment of yet more AEDs into the community.  Gary should know if he has been successful or not towards the end of February.

Whilst we do what we do because we believe it can really make a difference to the people in the community in which we live, it is always nice to receive such recognition.

We have past the 500 mark!

We are very pleased to announce that Heartstart Swallowfield has now trained over 500 people in Emergency Life Skills Training. We are incredibly proud to have reached this number but fully realise it is just the tip of a very big iceberg and that there are many more people to train, who really can make the difference between life and death for someone.

For all our attendees so far:  A VERY BIG THANK YOU

for everyone else: You are missing out on something really special – so sign up!

Some Useful Leaflets on the Heart

We have picked some of the British Heart Foundations leaflets on the heart and you can now access these via our website.

Click HERE to access the publications page

We were in the Wokingham Word!

We were very grateful to the editors of the Wokingham Word, a much loved free local magazine for the residents of the Wokingham area who recently ran an article for us, which generated some interest and bookings onto our courses.  The Wokingham Word is free and copies can be found in the Town Hall.  See for more details.

Article in the Wokingham Word



Click here to see the full article:  Article in the Wokingham Word  (pdf format)

Stratfield Saye AED is now live

We are very pleased to report that yet another AED site has gone live, this time in Stratfield Saye.  Heartstart Swallowfield obtained a £1,000 grant to help in its purchase and it is now live on the side of the Iron Duke Public House in Stratfield Saye.


If anyone would like to know more about the Automated External Defibrillator, then please do contact us.

Watch your own Heart Attack

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

Click here to watch!