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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 lynn.preston@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

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 lynn.preston@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk for more information.

Huge Thanks to Springfields Westinghouse & Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Heartbeat would like to thank Springfields Westinghouse for nominating Heartbeat to benefit from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Fund.

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Heartbeat fundraiser Mark pictured here in the centre collecting the wonderful £1,000 cheque from Springfields representative Eliot Catterson (left) and Jake Ankers (right) from Enterprise.
Thank you to both Springfields and Enterprise Rent-A-Car for your support, it is very much appreciated!

BHF & Heartbeat give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival

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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 info@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk 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.

 

Heartbeat Defib PNE

 

Click here for instructions and further information

 

Conlon place their 6th external Defibrillator !

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Heartbeat and Westfield Health are proud to support Conlon Construction with the placement of their 6th Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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Conlon Construction based in Bamber Bridge in Preston have been pioneers in the construction industry by providing the best care for their staff and members of the community in the event of a cardiac arrest by placing AED’s on their sites and training their staff and local community in its safe use.

EASY Fundraising

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Support Heartbeat while you shop!

All you need to do is sign up and best of all it’s free!

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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:

1. Join
Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/heartbeat/ and sign up for free.

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

3. Raise
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!

CONGRATULATIONS RANVIR!!

Well done Ranvir! What an amazing achievement!
Thank you so much!
We’re so proud of you, and can’t thank you enough.
Ranvir Singh is Heartbeat’s Patron and a few weeks ago commented…Hello – well this a bit weird. I’ve imagined doing the London Marathon for donkey’s years  from the comfort of my bed on that Sunday morning in April.. and I’d always said I’ll do one before I’m 40. So a bit like childbirth, I’ll do it once, but never again – and in the process I’d like to do some good for someone else, with a little help from my friends. My dad had 2 heart attacks and died when he was 42. I was 9. It’s gets harder to be without a father as I get older for some reason. Heartbeat is a charity in Preston where I grew up, and it cares for people with heart problems, giving them every chance of seeing their kids grow up. I wish it had been around 30 years ago. If you could give as little or as much as you feel you can, that would be really encouraging for me. Thank you xxx”
Ranvir Marathon

Show Ranvir your support by sponsoring her efforts! Visit her just giving page www.justgiving.com/r-singhheartbeat
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Look out for her on the television we’re hoping she will get interviewed donning a Heartbeat running vest!

Thank you Ranvir!

Snowdon Challenge Festival 2016

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The Snowdon Challenge

14th and 15th May 2016

This exciting triathlon-esque challenge involves you cycling 17km, trekking 15km and kayaking 4km in a mere 12 hour day.

Snowdonia National Park is home to some of the most rugged and challenging peaks in Britain giving it its reputation as one of the best natural adventure play grounds in the U.K.

This is a real mental and physical challenge as you test your entire muscle range over the course of a gruelling day.

You will enjoy stunning views of the National Park, and a fantastic sense of achievement when you complete the trek.

Get registered via charity challenge and raise sponsorship for Heartbeat.

Snowden Challenge

A full sponsorship pack will be issued including a free running vest or t-shirt

For further information or a sponsorship pack please contact Lisa on 01772 717147 or email lisa.riding@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

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