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Corpus Christi Cardio Club has been providing a follow-on exercise programme for patients from Heartbeat for over 20 years. It was formed in 1993 by a group of patients who wanted to continue their Heartbeat exercise after completing the 9 month rehabilitation programme. It had the further objective of being self-funding and able to support Heartbeat from any surplus funds.


The club moved to Corpus Christi High School in 2000.

The club meets twice weekly from 5pm to 7pm using the gymnasium and specialist exercise facilities at the college. Table tennis is available from 5pm. The main cardio exercise session, led by qualified instructors runs from 5:45 to 6:30. This is a varied programme including general aerobics, step aerobics, machine work and toning work. After the exercise session, there is an opportunity to socialise with refreshments. The club also holds regular social events.

Although run independently by its members, the club supports the “Heartbeat” charity and in return benefits from the charity’s specialist medical facilities. Several of the club’s members have sat on the Heartbeat Board of Trustees, including the current Chairman of Heartbeat and his predecessor. It is recognised as a suitable “advanced” programme for people who have completed the NHS/Heartbeat initial rehabilitation programme. There is a defibrillator available and all members have the opportunity to have resuscitation training.

Tony Wilson, Chairman of Heartbeat Board of Trustees, who has been a club member since 2000 says: “We believe that the exercise level, the club atmosphere and the move from being a Heartbeat patient to a Heartbeat supporter is a valuable step forward, both physically and psychologically, in the rehabilitation process. It has been a key part of my recovery during my 18 years involvement with Heartbeat.”

Club Treasurer Alan Bollands says: “Less than half of all cardiac patients in the North West take advantage of the rehabilitation exercise programmes offered around the region. We would like to encourage more heart patients to join clubs like ours. That is why we are inviting people to get in touch or to drop in to any of our sessions to see if it would suit them.”

The club offers one month free trial membership.

For further information, call Tony Wilson on 01772 719713 or 07984133557 or drop in before any session at 5.30pm any Tuesday or Friday at St. Vincent’s Hall, Corpus Christi High School, St. Vincent’s Road, Fulwood.

Ranvir’s mission to spread the word

Ranvir’s mission to spread the word about Heartbeat

Patron: TV Presenter Ranvir Singh has just become patron of Heartbeat

Patron: TV Presenter Ranvir Singh has just become patron of Heartbeat

TV star Ranvir Singh is ecstatic to have been asked to become the patron of Preston charity Heartbeat.

The Deepdale based heart charity has developed a special relationship with the TV presenter due to her own family experiences of heart problems.

My dad was only 42 when he died and this place genuinely cares for people and can save their lives.

Ranvir Singh


Ranvir was only nine years old when her father Rattan died of a heart attack aged just 42.

And now the Preston born journalist is pleased to become a patron to help spread the word of the charities life-saving work.

She said: “I was really surprised when I was asked.

“I’m really chuffed to become patron.

“My dad was only 42 when he died and this place genuinely cares for people and can save their lives.

“Heartbeat really makes sure if people have a scare they will get back to their full health.

“My dad didn’t have that facility and we suffered the consequences as a result,

“Now 28 years later Heartbeat can help stop another young person losing their dad.”

Ranvir attended the opening of the cardiac rehabilitation charity’s new base at the old national football museum site outside Preston North End’s stadium back in February.

And Jill Rogerson, Heartbeat Chief Executive, is overjoyed that Ranvir has agreed to become a patron.

She said: “We are delighted that Ranvir has agreed to become our patron, she understands first-hand the effect heart disease can have on families.

“Having been brought up in Preston, Ranvir understands the issues facing some of our cultural communities where one out of three residents will develop heart problems.

“As a Prestonian herself we knew she would want to help”

Originally published Monday 06 July 2015

Heartbeat NWCC gain Gold Award

Heartbeat NWCC - Cardiac Smart Gold Award - Sian Edwards

Heartbeat NWCC gains second CardiacSmart Gold Award

Heartbeat NWCC had to fulfil specific criteria to gain their second GOLD CardiacSmart award.  The aim of the CardiacSmart award is to recognise local business’ and community groups for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators.

Are you CardiacSmart?

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership, works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and provide more individuals with training in basic life support; in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%.  Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life.  Defibrillators give an electric shock through the chest wall and help to restore a normal heartbeat.

No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

Sian Percival-Edwards, said “We are very proud to have won our second Cardiac Smart Gold Award.  We have worked hard over the past 24 months to promote and deliver the simple skills that can help save someone’s life”

Our achievements 2013-2015:

  • We sit on the NWAS Chain of Survival committee steering group
  • Delivered first aid to 677 members of the public
  • 696 school children have received first aid training
  • We deliver fully certified first aid training ( Awareness, Level 2 and 3 courses)
  • We deliver annual Clinical First Aid Training for GP’s
  • We have helped place 20 AED’s within Lancashire and the Fylde
  • 90% of our staff are trained in CPR and AED
  • We have AED’s at all of our outreach sites (Leyland Sports Centre, Penwortham Leisure Centre, Burscough Leisure Centre, Chorley Leisure centre, UCLan sports complex, Ribby Hall and Blackpool Leisure Centre)


How we can help you?

  • Automated External Defibrillator – We are working very closely with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and PhysioControl, Zoll, Cardiac Science and Green Urban to try and place Defibrillators throughout Lancashire (and beyond).  We have a number of AED packages available, whether you’re just looking to purchase a defibrillator, external housing unit for your defibrillator, advice or if you require some professional training.
  • Heartstart – We provide Heartstart Training in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to teach you what to do in a life-threatening emergency – simple skills that save lives. To learn the simple skills that save lives, contact us on 01772 717147 or to book onto one of our sessions. Sessions are free of charge.
  • HSE approved first aid courses – We run level 2 and 3 courses on site to suit your business needs.


Information and Contacts:

For more information on how we achieved CardiacSmart status please contact Sian Percival-Edwards on 01772 717147 or email


For more information on the CardiacSmart initiative, defibrillators, educational resources and news/events please visit


Heartbeat NWCC - Cardiac Smart Gold Award - Sian Edwards


NWAS launches ‘SHOCTOBER’ in a bid to find hidden defibrillators!


Press Release

1 October 2015



Forgotten, lonely, gathering dust and tucked away in a corner – that’s the sad fate of many life-saving defibrillators which have been installed with good intentions by well-meaning members of the public, business owners and clubs. Now it’s time to ‘find the defib’ and make sure every single one in the region is logged on North West Ambulance Service’s database so they can be used to save a life.


This month, the Trust launches it’s ‘Shoctober’ campaign to raise awareness of the importance of public defibrillators (AEDs) and to remind those who purchase and install them to make the Service aware of their location so they can be put to good use.


It’s estimated that there are thousands of these life-saving portable machines in the North West which NWAS doesn’t know about so if someone calls 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest, the Trust can’t direct them to the nearest one.


AEDs are small machines which can ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting and if this can be done in the vital first few minutes, patients have a 60-70 per cent chance of making a full recovery. They are easy to use, easy to carry and as they talks through the process, they won’t deliver a shock unless it is required. There is no clinical training required to be able to use the machine. Last year, the Trust attended 13,636 suspected cardiac arrest incidents in the region and this number increases year on year.


NWAS Community Engagement Manager, Andrew Redgrave explains: “Earlier this year we launched our Cardiac Smart campaign to have the installation of AEDs in public places a legal requirement, in the same way that fire extinguishers are. We know that many people raise funds in their local area to have them installed but what they often do is forget to tell us they’ve done so. This means that we could get a call for a suspected cardiac arrest where this vital piece of kit is available and we can’t tell the caller to go and get it. The patient will receive the all important shock when the ambulance crew arrives but if they can be shocked even two or three minutes earlier by a member of the public, it can make a huge difference to their chances of survival.”


The Trust knows that many large business such as hotel chains, factories, shopping centres and smaller organisations such as social and sports clubs raise funds and install AEDs and is asking the public to ‘find the defib’ and let NWAS know.


The location of AEDs can sometimes be marked with a sign showing a white heart on a green background, or they could just be mounted on a wall behind bars, in corridors, gyms, leisure centres, offices, tourist attractions, schools, colleges, restaurants, coffee shops – anywhere at all!


If you see one, take a selfie with it and you can either tweet the photo via @NWambulance using the hashtag #findthedefib, giving as much information as possible regarding its location. Or, send the photo via North West Ambulance Service’s Facebook page or email If you don’t want to send a photo, just mail the location details and NWAS will make sure the device is logged on the system and ready to use in the event of an emergency.


Throughout the month of October, NWAS will post photos of AEDs around the region via its social media sites and wants as many people as possible to feature in the ‘Shoctober’ campaign. The Trust will also feature those whose lives have been saved by a public defibrillator and hopefully, there’ll be a few famous faces taking part with a ‘defib selfie’.


Please help your ambulance service to help you. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a cardiac arrest, don’t you want the person next to you to be able to save your life?

Cardiac Arrest Attendances per County 2014/15:

Cheshire                              2,127

Cumbria                               883

Lancashire                           2,762

Merseyside                        2,376

Greater Manchester      5,488


Photo caption: NWAS Community Engagement Manager, Andrew Redgrave launches the campaign #findthedefib


Issued by Maddy Edgar, Senior Communications Manager, Tel: 01204 498306

For more information contact the Press Office on 01204 498306 /


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