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Heartfelt thanks and a happy 70th birthday to David Banks

On Sunday 4th December 2016 Heartbeat member, David Banks, completed to the Lancaster half marathon to celebrate his 70th birthday. Well done David!

Here’s his message to you.

“Hi guys,

Well I completed the Lancaster 1/2 marathon along the banks of the Lune yesterday morning in 2hrs 11 minutes and 24 seconds

Following my two Cardiac procedures in 2013 I was contacted by a Cardiac nurse from the local charity Heartbeat. They helped me with advice with medication, enlisted me on the six week rehabilitation course in the gym and most of all gave me back my confidence.

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I am an ex-submariner from the Royal Navy and keen keep fitter who has completed 10 marathons so imagine; after my collapse I felt my whole world had fallen apart.

I have kept attending the gym classes at the fantastic rehabilitation centre at Deepdale Stadium and built up my fitness which helped me run the 13.1 mile race yesterday.

I ran it for Heartbeat and would be grateful for any donations.


David Banks”

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If you would like to make a donation towards David’s efforts, visit his JustGiving page or pop in to Heartbeat NWCC.




Runners turn out for Heartbeat

Close to 300 runners of all ages took part in the Heartbeat 2k and 1k fun runs at Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 25th September 2016. This is our 4th annual fun run and this year was the biggest so far, raising over £1000 for the charity.

The team at EverybodyFit led the warm up before Heartbeat Fundraising Officer Mark started the race at 1pm. Runners then took on the course with our mascot, Cardiac Carl clapping and cheering them on at the finish.

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We had some incredibly inspiring runners at the event too. Heartbeat member George, pictured below, took part for the second year in a row after suffering a severe stroke. Go George!

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A special mention also needs to go to the patients from the amputee clinic at Watling Street Road and to Gina Briggs who completed both 2k & 1k routes after running both 10k & 5k routes at the Run Preston event that morning. We can’t thank everyone individually but all those who took part helped to create a fantastic day! We can’t wait for next year!

You can check out the highlights from the event below.

Our Sponsors

We’d also like to thank Petticoat Lane Fireplaces for sponsoring the medals for the event. You can find out more about them here. Also, thank you to the guys at Run Preston for helping us manage the registrations for the event.

Keep an eye out for next years date and all the latest news at Heartbeat by following us on Facebook here or on twitter here.

Heartbeat Summer Raffle 2017 – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


Raffle Winners

Prize Description Winner
1st £2,500 MRS KEMPLE
2nd £150 Shopping Voucher CAROL PARKER
4th £10 M&S Voucher MRS J WILKINSON
5th £10 M&S Voucher MR ROBIN FRASER
6th £10 M&S Voucher MRS E MILLER
7th £10 M&S Voucher J WOOD
8th £10 M&S Voucher R POOLE
9th £5 M&S Voucher MRS T WALKER
10th £5 M&S Voucher D FISHWICK

Thank you all for your fantastic support! For more information or to claim your prize please call 01772 717147 or email



Corporate Fundraising!

Corporate Fundraising

Together we can make a difference to local people throughout Lancashire who have been affected or at high risk of heart disease or heart failure!

Why choose to work with Heartbeat?

  • Motivate your employees, encourage team building and develop new skills
  • Attain corporate social responsibility
  • Help support your local charity and people using Heartbeats services
  • Be proactive in looking after your staffs health and wellbeing
  • Use positive PR and Social Media opportunities to help build your brand profile
  • Networking with other local businesses
  • Increases job satisfaction by providing fun an engaging activities
  • Invitation to Breakfast networking events
  • Access to First Aid Training / AED Training at a discounted rate

Whether you would like to challenge your workforce to reach their full potential, or encourage team building working, this corporate challenge is a fantastic way to engage the team whilst raising vital funds for your local Heartbeat Charity! A win win…..

Join our current corporate supporters!

  • Barclays
  • Santander
  • Sentinel
  • RBS
  • TSB
  • Booths Fulwood
  • Westinghouse Springfield’s

How can you HELP!

  • Choose us as your charity of the Year
  • Corporate Donations
  • Employee volunteering
  • Payroll Giving
  • Heartbeat Lottery
  • Fundraising Events
  • Sponsorship of Events

In return, Heartbeat promises to continue supporting over 800 people each week, throughout local areas in Lancashire.

Contact the Corporate Fundraiser Sarah Clark on 01772 717147 or email

Volunteer Roles Available!

Be a Heartbeat Hero and be part of our Volunteer Team

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We are a small team with big aspirations and we rely on the generosity and time of our donors and volunteers to make those aspirations a reality.

If you are able to spare any time, even an hour or so here and there please contact Lynn on 01772 717147 or email

Volunteer Roles Available!

Role: Store Collection Volunteer
We have store collections throughout the Preston area all through the year.
We are looking for volunteers for store collections through August and September, then through until December… Can you help?

  • We ask for 1 or 2 people per hour between 10am and 4pm
  • Banners, buckets, tabards and ID’s are will be supplied on the day
  • On occasion there will have leaflets that can be handed out also
  • Support your local Heart Charity
  • Supermarkets ie. Booths, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons in the Preston area
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Good fun, for all ages (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)

Role: Fundraising Volunteer
We need you: to organise your own event for Heartbeat, anything from a coffee morning to a summer BBQ, the choice is yours! Invite your friends, have fun and raise money for your favourite heart charity!

Role: Reception Volunteer
We need you: 9.00 – 5.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
We need volunteers to help with part time shifts on the above days. Can you spare a few hours? Duties will include answering the phone, transferring calls, directing or accompany patients to 2nd floor for nurse appointments and treadmill tests, help with any general duties and assist the Reception Team. Training provided.

Role: Collection Volunteer
We need you: to place and return collection boxes in local shops, hairdressers, chippy’s, garden centres, post offices, pubs, clubs etc.

Role: Case Study Writer
We need you: to support the fundraising team, however you may also be asked to support the services team, below are some examples of what you will be doing:

  • Communicate with Heartbeat Instructors, Cardiologist and Patient Support to identify possible case studies
  • Interview Heartbeat members who have been identified as suitable candidates for case studies
  • Write stories for a bank of case studies
  • Consult with Website Co-ordinator and staff managing social media accounts

Initially we would be looking for a commitment of 2-3 hours per week for a 1 month period, this may then be extended. We will be as flexible as possible so that you can fit the role alongside other commitments.

Role: Volunteer Graphic Design Assistant
We need you:  to support in designing engaging posters and campaign materials for our awareness and fundraising campaigns and events.
What will you be doing?

You will mainly be supporting the fundraising team, however you may also be asked to support the services team, below are some examples of what you will be doing:

  • Producing infographics – helping us put our message across through engaging and well-presented infographics
  • Design posters, cards and visuals for email & social media that can be used as thanking communications for supporters after completing fundraising events
  • Produce fundraising packs and poster templates for supporters individual to their event
  • Create marketing materials for Heartbeat NWCC hosted events

Your involvement will make a difference

Please contact Lynn on 01772 717147 or email for more information.

BHF & Heartbeat give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival

Heartbeat gains funding for Life-saving defibrillator at Preston North End FC

Heartbeat based at Preston North End is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.  Heartbeat plan to run training sessions in the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers to book onto a course contact or telephone 01772 717147.

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The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important the people of Deepdale know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity is campaigning for defibrillators to be made more accessible and recognisable to the public. Heartbeat want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school.

Siân Percival-Edwards from Heartbeat said: “The defibrillator will be placed on the front of our building just behind the iconic Sir Tom Finney Statue at Preston North End FC meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too. We’re now working to raise money for further defib’s to be placed around our community.”
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Judy O’Sullivan, Assistant Programme Director at the BHF, said: “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Heartbeat have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign – by making another defibrillator available in a public location and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death. ”

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around the body. They lose conscious almost at once and there are no signs of life. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important people in the Deepdale area know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.


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Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Heartbeat ?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s really simple, all you have to do is:

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Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

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After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Heartbeat will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you so much for your support!

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