About us

We are the leading heart charity in Wales for placing defibrillators in communities and delivering CPR and defibrillator training in Wales. We are regarded as the heart charity at the centre of saving lives in Wales. Cardiovascular disease accounts for a third of all deaths in Wales, where the death rate is higher than in the majority of countries in Western Europe.


  • To provide public-access defibrillators in Wales in close partnership with strategic partners
  • To provide defibrillator and CPR training for the Welsh public
  • To campaign for better awareness of cardiovascular health in Wales
  • To ensure that monies raised in Wales are utilised and distributed within Wales or applied towards medical research conducted in Wales. The charity is particularly keen to work in partnership with others to achieve this goal.


A future where nobody in Wales dies prematurely from heart disease.

Welsh Hearts has been established as a fundraising organisation to help support Heart projects with a view to the preservation, safeguarding and promotion of cardiovascular health for all persons in Wales.

A Brief History of Welsh Hearts

Welsh Hearts was established by Sharon Owen, who was inspired to set up the charity because following a routine check up with a GP at the age of 11, she was told she had a heart murmur.

Sharon says:

I want to give something back to Wales and it’s a cause so close to my heart as I have also lost both my Nan and Pops, aunties and uncles and many friends to heart disease. It’s been hard work and quite a challenge at times but thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me on my journey I feel that Welsh Hearts is finally on the map – however there is still so much work to do.