Today at Wales’ National team open training session in Wrexham, The Football Association of Wales announced their partnership with Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru with Ryan Giggs at the helm. The long-term aim of the partnership is to deliver lifesaving defibrillators, equipment and training to all football clubs in Wales.
Football clubs and training facilities across Wales are often the hub of communities, used by many different teams and community groups. However, many of these integral community spaces currently do not have defibrillators installed.
This unique partnership between The FAW and Welsh Hearts aims to change that and ensure that in the future every player and spectator in every football club in Wales, no matter how big or small, will have access to a lifesaving defibrillator.
Wrexham based Penycae Football Club were present at the training session to be the first recipients of the FAW, Welsh Hearts defibrillators to be fitted at their ground.
Football Association of Wales Medical Services Manager & Lead Physiotherapist, Sean Connelly added:
“At The Football Association of Wales, we recognize the importance of investing in the health and wellbeing of our footballers and the wider community groups using football facilities across the country.”
“With this partnership we will work together to fundraise to aid Welsh Hearts with the amazing work they do for heart health in Wales and together we hope that this equipment will minimise the terrible instances from sudden cardiac arrests that have occurred in football grounds across Wales”.
Sharon Owen Charity director said “This initiative complements the ambitious work of Welsh Hearts in communities throughout Wales. We believe the impact on lives will be far-reaching, as lives should not be lost, due to a lack of a public access defibrillator in the event of an emergency. They should be available everywhere. We are excited to work with the FAW as they are at the heart of communities in Wales”
To join the Football Association of Wales and Welsh Hearts in the efforts to safeguard our footballers and spectators across the country, you can donate via the JustGiving site: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/welshhearts/faw
To apply for a defibrillator: http://welshhearts.org/online-defibrillator-application-form/
Welsh Hearts’ popular May Day Carnival is back for another year!
The event will be held at Llandaff Rowing Club and we’ve got a jam packed day planned with craft stalls, fun fair rides, face painting, BBQ, hog roast, and licenced bar, entertainment, clown, ice cream stands, food outlets, family games, bouncy castle and much more!
Entry is free, with parking available nearby at the BBC building for a £1 donation.
Check out the event on Facebook here
Welsh Hearts hosts regular screening days where anyone aged 16-40 can come along and have a simple, painless ECG scan to detect undiagnosed heart problems. You can find out more and book a slot by visiting: http://welshhearts.org/our-work/heartscreeningwales/
Did you know February is Heart Awareness Month?
So we’re asking you to make the iconic heart sign, take a photo and share it with us on social media to raise awareness for heart health in Wales. If you want to go the extra mile, you can text ‘WHHH33 £2’ to 70070 to donate £2 and help us place Defibrillators in communities throughout Wales. Don’t forget to tag your friends and nominate them to do the same.
We also want to encourage people to go out and find where their nearest Defibrillator is in their community. Why not find yours, take a selfie with it and post it to social media with the hashtag #Defibuary.
Even Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag got involved when they came to Cardiff as part of their From Broadway to Hollywood tour!
For alternative ways you can donate to Welsh Hearts, please go to http://welshhearts.org/donate
As Welsh Hearts celebrates our 5th birthday this year, we are more committed than ever to ensure that more people learn CPR and how to use a Defibrillator, more people get their heart screened, and more communities have access to a Defibrillator.
We will be holding free CPR and Defibrillator training sessions throughout the course of the year in schools, businesses and communities all over Wales. Take a look at the latest sessions we have coming up so far below:
Wednesday 24th January – Ynyshir & Wattstown BYC, RCT
Tuesday 30th January – Parish Office, Llantrisant
Friday 23rd February – Taibach RFC
Thursday 24th May – Senedd, Cardiff
Thursday 27th September – Senedd, Cardiff
Don’t see a session near you? Get in touch with us on 02922 402 670 or email email@example.com to facilitate a session in your area.
For more information on our free CPR and Defibrillator training sessions and to keep up to date with the latest sessions, please visit http://welshhearts.org/training