Knutsford Heartstart further strengthens its 2015 Training Team


I reported in February that 4 new recruitments had completed their training and joined our Heartstart Team as Training Facilitators.  These additions were essential as the demand from Knutsford residents for our Life Saving Courses continued to grow.

Last year nearly 300 attended the free course (compared to 97 in 2013). After our Heartstart Course last Thursday evening, the year to date total of people trained in 2015 had aleady reached 96, with the May course aleady nearly fully booked!

To ensure we are able to continue to meet the increasing requests from the Knutsford Community to be taught the British Heart Foundation Heartstart course, we must continue to strengthen and expand our dedicated team of volunteers.

A further 2 of our 2014 recruitments, who had successfully completed their training, joined our Team on Thursday and were presented with their awards after the Heartstart Course:


P4023955-1Senior Instructor, Sylvia Thomas, presents Dr. Tom Donald with his BHF Instructor Certificate

Tom becomes the third Heartstart Instructor to complete his training in the last year.  The first two (Stephanie Griffith and Rebecca Nelson) are aleady conducting Heartstart Courses to the Knutsford community.  Tom, who qualified as a Doctor two years ago; he has just completed  6 months working at Royal Bolton Hospital in their A&E Department – despite this tremendous workload, Tom has made time to be trained firstly as a facilitator and now as a fully fledged Heartstart Instructor.


Trust Chairman, Adrian Rees congratulates Emily Dubois in becoming a Training Facilitator

Emily Dubois joined the Trust as a Heartstart volunteer last September and, although now in her final Year at Sheffield University, has shown great dedication to return monthly to Knutsford to continue her training.  She is now a fully fledged Heartstart Training Facilitator and joins our Knutsford team of volunteers providing the hands-on training which is an integral part of our BHF Heartstart Course.

Congratulations to you both!