Tom Donald Presented with his Knutsford Heartstart Award










At our Christmas “Do” in January, Sal Thompson gave out our Awards to Trust Members who had “gone the extra mile” in supporting the community during 2017.

The HEARTSTART PLAYER OF THE YEAR Award was given to Tom Donald, one of our Heartstart Instructors.

In Sal’s words ”  This person is another “can’t get enough of my job” type person. He works all day with the NHS as a Doctor and then volunteers to deliver Heartstart courses, not only in Knutsford but also setting up and helping to run the new sub group in Wythenshawe. Tom has trained the most Heartstart courses in the past year.”


As Tom was working at his GP Practice on the evening of the “Do”, the actual presentation was made at last week’s Heartstart Course.

The photos above show Tom being presented his Award by Adrian Rees, the Knutsford Heartstart Coordinator, accompanied by Sylvia Thomas, our Heartstart Senior Instructor.


Other Awards presented by Sal at the “Do”, for their exceptional service, were:


This award is for a person who is always there, working away in the background, making sure we are all fed and watered. Siew-Mei attends all Knutsford & Wythenshaw Heartstart courses, as a facilitator and as general kitchen manager, plus supporting many other events throughout the year.

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD (Carol Robertson)

This award is for someone who goes above and beyond their job role, who has provided us with a great link with NWAS, who after a busy day as a paramedic likes nothing better than to volunteer for a Heartstart course. She acts as a trainer and facilitator and is a fantastic ambassador for us and for NWAS

CHEERLEADER AWARD (Emily & Pauline Coffey, Team Coffey)

This person isn’t actually a one off, she comes with a whole host of folks behind her. This year we have been spurred on to greater things with her, and their, enthusiasm and general gung ho approach to fund raising.

WOW AWARD (Sylvia Thomas)

This year my WOW Award goes to someone who managed to put goosebumps on everyone’s arms and raised a celebratory flutter in our hearts. It goes to a person who was able to save a life, whilst off duty, practically on her own front drive. The patient survived. Sylvia please come and accept this award and tell everyone what you were able to do with one small red box (AED)