The Heartstart Thatcham team are off to a flying start for 2017. The team will exceeded 800 people trained, since August 2013, soon and will be placing their 40th defibrillator by the end of February. There are several fundraisers doing various activities including marathons, walks and quizzes for us throughout the year to enable us to continue to make a difference. The team are already investigating additional units throughout the region including more at Calcot, Newbury, Thatcham and other areas in West Berkshire, and beyond.
17th January 2017
17th November 2016
Heartstart Thatcham held a fundraising quiz at the Old London Apprentice in Newbury on Saturday 12th November. There was a large turnout of teams including the defending champions. With fireworks going off nearby adding to the fantastic atmosphere. A ploughman’s was provided by the pub and the end of the evening saw the defending champions (pictured below) retain their title. In conjunction with a raffle at the end, funds were raised to allow investment in more defibrillators and FREE training for the local community.
27th October 2016
The Heartstart Thatcham team celebrate this month two years of placing defibrillators in the community. Some of team were invited to consult with Thatcham Town Council in 2014. The heartstart team took the project on with the goal of placing four public access defibrillators within Thatcham within the following year. With the aid of local organasations and bodies such as the Neighbourhood Wardens, Thatcham Town Council and Greenham Common Trust the scheme not only succeeded but went beyond that goal.
24th August 2016
Earlier in the year the Heartstart Thatcham team received a call from Mary Macaulay from the Bell Inn at Aldworth regarding placing a defibrillator and thus a partnership to get a device there was formed. Mary mentioned the idea of a defibrillator to staff and patrons highlighting the difference a device can make compared to just CPR alone.
20th July 2016
Heartstart Thatcham have been delivering Emergency Life Support training and just CPR and Defibrillator sessions for a number of years (see milestones for full details). We are affiliated to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to deliver the Heartstart scheme and working with them we have been given permission to also deliver their Call Push Rescue scheme. The scheme is designed to be taught, with the use of a DVD and special equipment, and can be done so by anyone.