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Heartbeat and the Lancashire Sunday Football League

Heartbeat Cardiac Screening - Aviva Community Fund

Heartbeat has entered into an exciting new partnership to provide cardiac testing for Sunday League footballers and referees.

The Lancashire Sunday League (formerly the LEP Sunday League) which has 85 clubs, playing in 7 divisions with 2,200 registered players, has pledged its charitable support to Heartbeat to enable them to deliver this new pilot project.

Westinghouse Springfield’s supports Heartbeat as their Charity of the Year and will financially support and contribute to the pilot.

180 screening tests will be undertaken by Heartbeats medical team over the next few months.

Every week at least 12 ‘apparently’ fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions. People (14-36 year olds) involved in sport may be at greater risk if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality and put their heart under stress whilst playing, in most cases there are no obvious symptoms. The testing will start on Saturday 30th January.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, ‘We are delighted to be associated with Heartbeat; an organisation which does so much for people with heart issues and we are sure that it will be a great benefit to our players and referees’

Jill Rogerson, Chief Executive of Heartbeat said, ‘It is important as a cardiac charity to ensure we deliver early intervention and prevention services if we are to contribute to a reduction in heart disease. We are excited about delivering this pilot programme with the football league, it is a great opportunity to support more people and raise awareness of heart disease and if we identify one young person with a potential heart problem it will have been worthwhile’

The middle picture above shows Mitch Newsham of AFC Ashwood being interviewed by Ian Haslam of the BBC following his test. The BBC crew then went to film Mitch playing for Fulwood Amateurs against Longridge Town at Lightfoot Lane.

See more information on the Lancashire Sunday Leagues website

Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Evening Post.

Packing a Punch for Heartbeat!


On Saturday 9th January lads from all corners of the Lancashire Sunday League battled it out in the ring at Evoque Nightclub, Preston, after 8 weeks of hard training and dedication.

No less than 28 fighters went toe to toe for 3 x 2 minute rounds in a box office style event that saw the lads out of their usual comfort zone.

One fight caught the social media headlines is Dixie “THE MELODY MAKER” Dawson (Unicorn FC Manager) v Daz “THE KING” Green (Ashton Villa). Dixie said “I’m in a win, win situation, having joined up to this event 8 weeks ago. It has helped me turn a corner with my own fitness and I feel like Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, having been handed a golden ticket to sort out Ashton Villa’s Daz Green. I am delighted that the evening is in support of Heartbeat which is a great local charity”.

Daz Green said” As soon as I heard that this event was in support of Heartbeat I wanted to be involved have gone through two heart operations to fix a heart rhythm problem, which thankfully I have fully recovered from”.

Daz continued, “I got on the phone immediately to Craig Ashcroft to ask him to sort me a clash with Unicorns David “Dixie” Dawson and I thought it would be the occasion to show the people why I am the King. I’m also very grateful and appreciative for this chance to represent the Lancashire Sunday League and my team Ashton Villa in a totally different environment.”

The referee for the evening was Rob Reid, the former WBC Super Middleweight Champion.

A word of praise for Craig Ashcroft who has done a tremendous amount of work organising the event in support of Heartbeat the League’s adopted charity.

A HUGE thank you

to all those that took part in the


Event on Saturday 9th January 2016


Thanks to Barclays!

Heartbeat would like to thank the Barclays Team at Fishergate and Moor Park Branches for their amazing support during 2015.

In total the Barclays Team raised an amazing…


Your continued support is very much appreciated!


Conlon Construction lead by example


Leading by example, Conlon Construction have taken a step to giving anyone in the organisation and local community a better chance of survival if Cardiac Arrest was to strike. When an AED and CPR are immediately available, the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is substantially improved. Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more”


Current UK survival rates among people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital remain extremely poor, varying from 2% to 12%. Every year an estimated 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK, 30,000 of which are treated by emergency medical services (British Medical Journal).

Optimal use of the “chain of survival” is what makes the difference between life and death. 30 years ago it was discovered that when someone suffered an out of hospital Cardiac arrest; if certain things happened in a certain order, their chances of survival increased. This concept is now known as the Chain of Survival. The Chain of survival is made up of four links; three of which can be strengthened by members of the public who take some time to learn basic life skills. The first link is early recognition; being able to recognise someone is in Cardiac arrest is the first step to helping them. The second link is early CPR; by performing chest compressions you can keep their heart going until a defibrillator arrives. The third link is early defibrillation. Finally, the forth link is early advanced care. This is delivered by the paramedics who arrive shortly after. If you start CPR within 2 minutes, place a defibrillator on their chest in four minutes and a paramedic arrives in 8, they have a 40% chance of survival.

A defibrillator also known as a ‘defib’ or automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death for the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest.  This portable device checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

A patient’s chance of survival decreases 14% every minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within 5 minutes of collapse the best possible chance of survival is maintained (North West Ambulance Service).

AED machines are built to be easy to use, safe and reliable giving verbal insturctions throughout treatment. If someone is in cardiac arrest (unresponsive and not breathing at all or not breathing normally) don’t be scared to use one, the AED will not let you shock a person it is not appropriate.

AEDs save lives

“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.” (The Resuscitation Council UK)


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January 2016 Lottery Results


Lottery Winners January 2016

The winners for the week ending the 29th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

C9755 – BROWN A

£100 winners




£50 winners

C3074 – HUNT J


£25 winners



Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 22nd January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners


Q8557 – BOOKER J

P2302 – POWER S

£50 winners



£25 winners


M1715 – HANDS L

Additional Prizes

In addition, there are more randomly selected winners picked by our computer, and all winners will be notified by post with their cheque.

The winners for the week ending the 15th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners

B6041 – WEST C – AGENT

R6674 – SCOTT L

W6219 – FEARN T

£50 winners



£25 winners

Q1358 – HIGHAM K

N7548 – HARVEY M

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The winners for the week ending the 8th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners



£50 winners

A7770 – HOBIN J


£25 winners

R5305 – BRIDGE W


Additional Prizes

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The winners for the week ending the 1st January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner


£100 winners


R2613 – DIXON M

£50 winners



£25 winners

Q7541 – SCOTT PJ


Additional Prizes

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Heartbeat Christmas Raffle Prizes Announced!

Thank you for taking part and supporting Heartbeat!

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in our Christmas Raffle, the support was overwhelming and so very much appreciated!

Well done to all the raffle prize winners! Please find below lucky winning information…

1st Prize £2,000   .   2nd Prize Mini iPad   .   3rd Prize Kindle


 Prize Description  Winner 
 1st Prize  £2,000  Mrs Lees
 2nd Prize  Mini iPad  Mr Drysdale
 3rd Prize  Kindle  K Emery
 4th Prize  Bottle of Champagne  W Flynn
 5th Prize  Denby Wine Glasses  S Wood
 6th Prize  Bottle of Whiskey  Mr P Martin
 7th Prize  Bottle of Whiskey  Mrs B Sullivan
 8th Prize  Bottle of White Wine  S Trafford
 9th Prize  Tin of Biscuits  Mr V Richards
10th Prize  Tin of Biscuits  S Speirs

All prize winners will be contacted directly by Heartbeat.

Parkside Christmas Lights 2015

Parkside Christmas

See the splendid Christmas Lights at Parkside, Lea, who are raising funds for their favourite heart charity, Heartbeat.

Also, on Tuesday 15th December at 18.00 will see a short Community Carol Service outside the house, music by St Christopher’s Church Lea, sing along.

“Be aware that as we are a closed estate, parking will be limited, so get on your boots, fill your pockets with change and come on down !”

PARKSIDE, PR2 1YS Lea, Lancashire


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‘Shoctober’ Success Set To Save Lives


NWAS’ shoctober campaign, which unsurprisingly ran throughout October, saw the public, schools, organisations and celebrities including Paddy McGuiness using the hashtag #findthedefib to locate defibrillators that could potentially be used to save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest.

NWAS asked its followers to ‘send a selfie and save a life’ whenever they came across a defibrillator, and tweet its location so that it could be checked against the list of defibrillators that 999 call handlers use to direct callers to when trying to save the life of a person in cardiac arrest.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small machines which can ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting. They are easy to use as they talk through the process and they won’t deliver a shock unless it is required. There is no clinical training required to be able to use the machine.

Tweeted 5,864 times, #findthedefib led the ambulance service to 686 defibrillator locations, some as far as Hong Kong and Australia. Of those identified in the North West of England, 290 were unknown to the Trust and will be added to NWAS’ database to help save the lives of patients in the future.

MPs, schools, gyms, youth groups, fire services, police officers, sports teams, councils, supermarkets, media organisations, business owners and NWAS staff all rose to the challenge to ‘find the defib’ and their efforts will contribute to more lives being saved in the region.

NWAS Community Engagement Manager, Andy Redgrave said: “The response from the public and local organisations was absolutely fantastic. We hoped they would get behind us to make this campaign a success as we had zero budget for this, but never imagined it would go global!

Shoctober Poster

“During the campaign we took the opportunity to involve our Twitter followers in quizzes and fact or fiction posts to help dispel many of the myths that exists about defibrillators, for example that only trained people can use them and that you can be prosecuted for using one incorrectly which simply isn’t possible.

“It’s heartening to learn that all these people know the importance of having defibrillators in public places. Our ultimate aim is for defibrillators to be installed in areas of high footfall across the UK, including schools and colleges, and for them to be positioned alongside fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

“A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – young or old, at any time and the use of a defibrillator within the first few minutes, while professional help is on the way, can improve the chances of survival by up to 70 per cent.”


Last year, the Trust attended 13,636 suspected cardiac arrest incidents in the region and this number increases year on year.

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

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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).

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BHF and Heartbeat to give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival

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.

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 defibs to be placed around our community.”

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.

To date the BHF have helped place over 13,000 life-saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit

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For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit

For photocall opportunities or more information please contact Siân Percival-Edwards (

PRESS RELEASE  24/11/2015


Corporate AED

Is your organisation prepared if sudden cardiac arrest strikes a member of staff or a visitor?

Without warning, a sudden cardiac arrest can strike people of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels. Having the right equipment and knowing how to respond can have a huge impact on someone’s survival rate, and may be the difference between life and death.

Here in the UK 700,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest every single year

The majority of these incidents happen outside of a hospital environment and can happen anywhere in everyday life, at work, at school, at the train station, in the shop or on the street. When a cardiac arrest happens every minute is vital.

Using a defibrillator within the first 3 minutes can greatly increase the chances of survival

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED or just defibrillator) is a small, light-weight, portable device that can read a person’s heart rhythm and deliver a shock if needed. It’s this shock that may restore a normal heart rhythm and potentially save a person’s life.

Heartbeat is your local heart charity and we can help you to protect your workforce

We can help you put a defibrillator in place in your workplace. We can give your staff training on how to use it and even work with you to provide this for your wider community, giving you the tools to make a huge impact should somebody suffer a cardiac arrest.


As a charity, Heartbeat is reliant on voluntary support and fundraising and so we would need to work with you to ensure you can raise a minimum amount to provide the following:

Choose a package We provide you with Cost
 Bronze Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Internal Wall Unit

 Silver   Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Internal Wall Unit

AED familiarisation training for your organisation

 Gold   Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Internal Wall Unit

AED familiarisation training for your organisation

AED for your local community, location of your choice

AED familiarisation for your local community group



Fund your defibrillator through a donation or fundraising

Simply choose the package that best suits the needs of your business and your staff. Training can be included and we can also work with you to provide a defibrillator for a local community centre or sports group.

You can fund the defibrillators with a donation to Heartbeat or we can work with you and your staff to help you fundraise the amount. We have a fundraising pack full of ideas to get you started and on your way to your chosen target. It’s a great opportunity to get your staff involved and really see their efforts make a difference to their environment and also that of the local community.

If you’d like to find out more, or have a chat about how we can work together on making sure your business is best prepared to deal with a sudden cardiac arrest, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sian Percival-Edwards on 01772 717147 or

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