Heartstart Thatcham was involved with European Restart a Heart Day, 16 October, and this year was no exception. Running two days earlier the team delivered a training session to the public as part of Thatcham Festival and then on 16 October visited Spurcroft School. The team showed year 5 and 6 pupils how to perform CPR with everyone attempting it. All pupils were then shown a defibrillator and then worked in team to use them. Scheme Co-ordinator Nick Young said “Everyone had a go at both CPR and using an AED and the ease with which they used a def
15th November 2015
13th October 2015
Another Public Access Defibrillator has been installed by the Heartstart Thatcham team this one being placed at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. The device has been installed as a result of a partnership between Heartstart Thatcham, West Berkshire Council (Caroline Booth), Thatcham Town Council (Mel Alexander) and Greenham Common Trust.
12th August 2015
The Heartstart Thatcham Defibrillator team installed a Public Access Defibrillator at Moorside Community Centre, Thatcham. The device has been installed as a result of a partnership between Heartstart Thatcham, West Berkshire Council, Thatcham Town Council, Greenham Common Trust and a few private individuals.
24th July 2015
Heartstart Thatcham (team, family and friends) often take part in other charity events, an annual cancer coffee morning or dress in red for example. On 19th July the team (including family and friends) took part in Walk for Wards at Englfield to raise funds for the Royal Berkshire Charity (Royal Berks Hospital). A 10Km walk but to add to it the team carried an AED (defibrillator) all the way, carrying shared between the team.
17th July 2015
Heartstart Thatcham has teamed up with Thatcham Park School and on 2nd July trained a number of year 5 pupils the full range of Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills. The course showed use of the recovery position, what a heart attack is, as well as CPR. Perhaps the most interest and fascination was in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Nick said "we would like to see these skills as compulsory in all schools. Being able to be taught in as little as 3 hours is nothing considering they might one day save a life."