The Heartstart Thatcham team celebrated their 5th birthday recently. The public were invited to join the celebrations along with those that had attended courses, helped place defibrillators and supported us. Heartstart Thatcham was established in 2013 to teach Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills, skills that include CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
3rd August 2018
3rd July 2018
Kintbury councillor, Jon Hemphill, attended a Heartstart Thatcham course in 2017 where collaboration was formed. Jon arranged for a hall to be made available in his home village of Kintbury where he set the target of training a quarter of the population with at least CPR and defibrillator skills by the end of 2019. That is about 650 people.
16th June 2018
Two of the Heartstart Thatcham team made a presentation about the importance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at the Hermitage Annual Meeting in 2017. Since then the community and Heartstart Thatcham team have been busy raising funds. The pupils at the local primary school raised an astonishing amount together with a local benefactor this has allowed two AEDs to be placed in the village, one at the school and the other at the White Horse and both units are available 24/7.
15th May 2018
One of our supporters, Lorraine Broadhurst, recently completed a 45km walk in order to raise funds for us and another charity. The walk encountered a number of weather conditions including rain and sun, as well as a variety of terrains. Lorraine chose us as one of her charities as people close to her have been affected by heart conditions.
12th March 2018
With 53 defibrillators now placed by the Heartstart Thatcham team and many more to come we continue to hear things being said about Automated External Defibrillators (AED) that are simply wrong. So this post should clarify some of the issues. Briefly, if someone has a cardiac arrest you need to (1) get help, (2) start CPR and (3) get an AED. Time is critical here, the faster you act the better their chance of survival. Disclaimer: we are not medical experts if you are in need of assistance please seek professional medical advice.