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Peter Robinson runs The Great North Run for Heartbeat

Peter Robinson GNR Heartbeat

The primary reason for raising money for Heartbeat is that my Dad underwent a heart valve replacement operation last year and he cannot speak highly enough of the support and guidance he has received from Heartbeat. He still attends Heartbeat twice weekly for gym sessions and is benefitting hugely from the aftercare you provide.

From a personal point of view I took the decision 18 months ago that I really needed to sort myself out having got terribly unfit, overweight, eating unhealthy and a heavy smoker too! Therefore, I slowly changed my lifestyle and too my surprise found that running was a great way to keep fit.

I have/gradually built up the frequency and distances over the past 18 months so decided to enter the ballot for the Great North Run. To my shock, horror and surprise I was successful in the ballot entry but was subsequently stalked by a number of large well known charities ‘touting’ for my business. I therefore quickly decided to a) keep it local and b) raise money  for a charity that has benefitted my family and that does not receive large scale donations, government help etc.

The only thing I needed to do now was train and raise the money!

The run itself was tough – far tougher than I expected which was largely due to the unseasonably warm weather conditions and what seemed like an endless incline. However, the North east crowd are amazing, cheering everyone on from start to finish. If you wanted you could benefit from items being handed out by spectators such as jelly babies, ice pops and I’m told even Beer!. Also, during the tough moments on the course you only need to look around you and see people for all shapes and sizes raising money for hundreds of worthwhile charities. The dedications to family members on the back of people’s running shirts are an inspiration.

So, 1 hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds later I crossed the finish line. I’ve never been so happy to come 10,817th in my life. So far I’ve raised £1,288.

If you’re inspired by Peter’s story and would like to take on a challenge to raise money for Heartbeat, contact Mark on 01772 717 147 or at mark@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk.

Heartfelt thanks and a happy 70th birthday to David Banks

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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.

Thanks

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.

 

 

 

Lauren’s Total Warrior Challenge in aid of local Heart Charity!

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Date: 5th July 2016

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Lauren Hogg from Fulwood in Preston recently took part in the one of the toughest challenges on the fundraising calendar in aid of local heart charity Heartbeat.
Lauren took part in ‘Total Warrior’ Leeds in June and decided to give something back to the charity that supported her Grandpa Grant Williams over the years by raising sponsorship for Heartbeat.
Lauren said, “The first obstacle was a 1km run, which you had to run to begin with. This was up and down a rather steep hill and took its toll on me. I honestly thought if this was the first obstacle it was only going to get worse. Which it did mud wise.

For those who know me I don’t do mud or dirt, so to be thrown in at the deep end (literally) in thigh high thick mud was probably my worst nigtmare! After this there was a lot of freezing water, more mud and challenging obstacles. I knew that I had to keep going though, not only to get back to the car but also to complete this challenge to show all the people who believed in me and supported me both mentally and physically, by donating to Heartbeat, that I could do this and would do this. After all the obstacles, cuts and bruises and the thought of having a shower, I completed the course in 2 hours and 34 minutes.

I choose to raise money for Heartbeat after they supported my Grandpa for 17 years. In May 1998, Grant Williams suffered a heart attack and in that August he underwent 6 heart bypasses in one hit. After this, he went to Heartbeat for rehabilitation, to meet people who had gone through the same thing and eventually using the gym equipment to monitor his progress. We sadly lost him last July, so as a thankyou for all their help, I wanted to raise some money for Heartbeat so they can continue to help those in the future, as this charity is very close to our family’s heart.
I am hoping to have a total of almost £500 by the end which is more than triple what I initially set out to achieve, so fingers crossed.’

Lisa Riding Heartbeat fundraiser said, “I would like to thank Lauren for taking part in this gruelling challenge in aid of Heartbeat and we would like to wish her well in reaching her fundraising target. There is still time to sponsor Lauren visit her justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LAUREN-HOGG2.

Sponsored events are extremely important to Heartbeat as the money collected will go towards the on-going work provided to local people that require heart rehabilitation by providing an exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation programme, fully supervised by trained instructors, to those recovering from heart attack, surgery or stroke and supports those at risk of developing these conditions.

We also provide testing and monitoring services such as 24 hour blood pressure and ECG reports in advance of joining the programme.

The programme is a controlled mix of physical exercise, relaxation, education, support and advice-helping each individual to reach their personal goal and work towards a heart healthy brighter future.

Each week we support over 800 local people at our sessions in Preston and surrounding areas which currently cost over £900k per year, all of which needs to come from voluntary donations!

If you are looking to take up a challenge in aid of your local heart charity please get in contact with Lisa or Mark in fundraising on 01772 717147 or email lisa.riding@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk’
Photo attached – Lauren Hogg taking part in the Total Warrior obstacles.

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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.

 

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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.

Partnership Working

School Programme

We are proud to announce that The Harris Charity are supporting our education programme in 2016.

 

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Heartbeat’s education team has been awarded a grant to help deliver and develop cardiovascular disease prevention talks/visits/workshops to children and young people in the Preston area.  Recent statistics show that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Type 2 diabetes is higher in the north of the country compared to the south (NHS, 2012) and that the health of children in Lancashire is generally worse than the England average.

Health habits are established in childhood and continue into adult life, this project will raise the profile of CVD, a largely preventable disease through educational workshops aimed at children. Workshops will include subjects such as; keeping your heart healthy, what’s in my drink, planning, preparation and portion size, healthy eating and food labels, fitness testing, eating out and first aid skills.

Within a 12 month period during 2013-14 we delivered educational workshops to 2749 under 18’s throughout Lancashire. We are hoping that this project will reach and exceed these numbers enabling us to develop the programme further.

For more information please contact Sian on 01772 717147 or email Sian on sian.edwards@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

 

 

Heartbeat and the Lancashire Sunday Football League

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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.

Conlon Construction lead by example

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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”

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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)

 

For more information about our corporate AED packages:

Contact:  Sian@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

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 info@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk 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 www.bhf.org.uk.

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For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/nation-of-lifesavers

For photocall opportunities or more information please contact Siân Percival-Edwards (sian@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

PRESS RELEASE  24/11/2015

 

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