On the 16th and 23rd the February Heartstart Thatcham team joined Parkway Shopping in Newbury to educate the public on cardiac arrest with the use of CPR and defibrillators. During the two days a flurry of shoppers came in for a short training session, or just to ask questions. The difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest was explained, and CPR was demonstrated with all visitors trying for themselves. After CPR defibrillators were shown and again all having a go. Visitors left with the confidence to both perform CPR, use a defibrillator and where and how to access units.
6th March 2019
3rd February 2019
The Heartstart Thatcham team have already delivered several training sessions this year with a doen or more booked to come in the next few months. Most of our events are shown on our events pages. We are working with several other communities in West Berkshire to arrange additional training. If you would like to attend a course just get in touch, if dates are no good still get in touch and we can add you to the waiting list.
18th November 2018
The team will be delivering their last training session of the year soon and so now is an appropriate time to reflect on how far we have come. The team placed their first defibrillator at Henwick iin October 2014 closely followed by the Kennet Centre in Newbury. As of November 2018 the team have 59 units directly and have helped place many more units indirectly. Since August 2013 we have trained close to 1600 people with at least CPR and defibrillator knowledge, if not more. And the team have educated thousands more via articles, talks and radio.
3rd August 2018
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 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.