Singer set to raise thousands of pounds for heart charity

Singer Lesley Garrett will be singing at a Christmas Concert to help raise funds for heart screening sessions and defibrillators throughout Wales on Sunday 11th December 2016 at The City Hall, Cardiff at 7pm

This fantastic Christmas concert is for the whole family will be a festive celebration of the best-loved musicals from Broadway!

Join Lesley Garrett and special guests for an evening of Christmas magic!

Local artists include James Williams, Jodi Bird, Liz Tiley and Annelies

Featuring all the songs from all your favourite musicals! This is a must-see magical Christmas Concert or all the family that is guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the hearts and get the audience in the mood for a fabulous, fun and maybe even a White Christmas!

Tickets £28.00/£23.00 each

For tickets contact 02922402670/07730944700


Cardiology nurses take on Christmas challenge for Welsh Hearts

Ward B1 Cardiology Nurses from The University Hospital of Wales are taking on a Christmas Challenge to save lives in Schools and in doing so hope to raise 5K

The Nurses will be taking on The Cardiff Santa and elf Dash on Sunday 4th December at Cardiff Bay and want you to join them and help them save ives!

Over 1,200 people are now registered and proceeds will help fund more defibrillators and heart screening sessions throughout Wales!

Every year 270 children under the age of 16 die from sudden Cardiac Arrest at School, every minute without effective CPR and a defibrillator means the chances of survival every min decrease by 10% and sadly there are still schools that do not have this vital equipment in our areas.

Ward B1 Cardiology team, made up of all fitness levels are aiming to raise £5,000 by running the Santa and Elf 5k In December to place 5 defibrillators in the following schools.

Willows High School Cardiff, Stanwell Comprehensive School, Penarth,  Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf,  Eastern High, Rumney,  Cardiff and Ysgol Gyun Gwent Is Coed

Your donations will mean that the chances of a child surviving a cardiac arrest at a school with a defibrillator  increases from 6% to 74% 

Please help Ward B1 to raise these vital funds on behalf of the fantastic charity Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru who’s mission is to place defibrillators in schools and communities and hold heart screening sessions throughout Wales.   Help the charity  continue the fight in saving unnecessary deaths in our young people, every penny you donate really means the world to the parents and families of the children whose lives you will be making safer

You can either donate via the following link 

via text DFIB81 and amount to max £10 to 70770

To Register for The Santa Dash visit

Donna Walker a student nurse at the University Hospital of South Wales said  I have experienced first hand the life-saving qualities of using a defibrillator. The shocking statistic that 270 children in the UK die of sudden cardiac arrest every year is frightening, especially as not every school is equipped with one of these life-saving machines. As a nursing team we have decided that we want to do something about that and have chosen five schools to benefit from our fundraising activities with Ward B1’s 5k run to raise 5k. Currently if your child’s school does not have a defibrillator and the worst was to happen they would only have a 6% chance of survival with CPR alone,  with a defibrillator in place that statistic increases to 70% which is incredible! Along with the fantastic charity welsh hearts we want to help make your schools safer and educate more people on the benefits of these machines so that your children do not become a statistic.

The more money we raise the more schools we can support says Donna! The charity Welsh Hearts do an absolutely amazing job ad since 2013 have been placing Defibrillators, cpr training throughout Wales and lives are being saved!

 Please help support us at or text DFIB81 £2 to 70070

 L/R Joanne Morgan ,Bethan Shiers ,Donna Walker ,Ceri Meredith -Ford & Nicky Thompson UHW Cardiology Nurses practice at Roath Park for the annual Welsh Hearts Santa Dash14th Nov 2016.

L/R Joanne Morgan ,Bethan Shiers ,Donna Walker ,Ceri Meredith -Ford & Nicky Thompson UHW Cardiology Nurses practice at  Roath Park for the annual Welsh Hearts Santa Dash


Lizzie Jones, widow of 29 year old Danny Jones Welsh International and Keightley Cougars Rugby League Player has agreed to become a Patron for Welsh Hearts Heart Screening Sessions in Wales.  The Appeal is in memory of Danny Jones and all donations to be made through the Welsh Hearts  office or via and will help the charity hold more heart screening days in Wales in Danny’s memory

Sharon Owen Director of Welsh Hearts we are so pleased that Lizzie  has agreed to support the charity and  all monies raised will enable us to hold more heart screening sessions in Wales which cost the charity £5,000 a day! Book on line

Yorkshire-based Lizzie Jones is a singer and actress. Her husband, Welsh International and Keighley Cougars Rugby League player Danny Jones died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015. Post mortem results showed that he died of cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition leading to the thickening of the cardiac muscles. Cardiomyopathy can be diagnosed following an echocardiogram screening which was not available to Danny.

Since his death Lizzie has campaigned for all athletes to be screened, resulting in all Rugby League Championship and League 1 players now being offered screenings. 

Lizzie says

“I am proud to become a Patron for the Welsh Hearts Screening Programme, helping them screen more people and save lives in Wales. I am pleased to be at the start line for the charity’s annual Cardiff Santa and Elf dash is a lot of fun, and it all helps boost another valuable project which means Danny’s death will not have been in vain.”

A man who owes his life to a defibrillator

A man who owes his life to a defibrillator
Says “thank you” to Welsh Hearts an all Wales’ leading heart charity on their third anniversary

An 80 year old man whose life was saved by a defibrillator and a bystander passing by during a serious cardiac arrest at Cardiff Central Station has thanked the charity Welsh Hearts on their third birthday with a donation to purchase another device to get more of the life-saving machines into public places in Wales.

Frank Brock, who lives in Rumney in Cardiff, was picking up a friend at the busy railway station in February 2016 when he suffered a cardiac arrest and his heart stopped beating.

While his friend alerted staff, a bystander found Mr Brock unconscious in the car at the back of the station and was carefully assisted in moving him to the ground to begin CPR and were immediately joined by the staff who brought the station’s defibrillator or AED – a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest using electrical therapy on the heart to re-establish its rhythm.

The charity Welsh Hearts offer FREE CPR and Defibrillator training regularly to the public. A Defibrillator/AED can be used by any member of the public as the machine talks you through the process. The bystander turned out to be Dr O’Callaghan, a cardiologist who was picking up tickets at the station and jumped out of his car to perform CPR and use the defibrillator to restart Mr Brock’s heart.

Mr Brock hopes that sharing his experience will help to raise awareness of the importance of public defibrillators in schools and communities and encourage more people to support Welsh Hearts, the Welsh charity dedicated to the cause, which is celebrating its third birthday this month. He has also made a large donation to the charity so it can invest in more defibrillators.

“I have no recollection of that day,” said Mr Brock, who had triple heart bypass surgery when he was 40 years old. “I didn’t feel unwell and it was completely unexpected. I cannot thank the staff at Cardiff Central Station and Dr O’Callaghan enough for everything that they did for me. They were incredible. But, even with their best efforts, I know that without that defibrillator I would have been very unlikely to survive.”

“I thank my lucky stars that I was at the station when it happened. My friend wasn’t due in until 10.30pm that evening but she managed to catch an earlier train that saw her arrive at 8.30pm instead. That’s how I found myself at the station at that time, otherwise I would have been home alone when it happened and I wouldn’t have made it.”

Sharon Owen founder and director of Welsh Hearts, said: “Every second counts if you are in cardiac arrest. There are 8,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside of hospitals every year in Wales and the survival rate is just three percent, when an AED defibrillator and good effective CPR is carried out the survival rate increases to 50 percent.

That’s why we are trying to get as many defibrillators into public places in Wales as we can, so that people can act fast and save lives. We are so grateful to Mr Brock for thinking of us and making his donation, which means that another defibrillator can be bought and made available to the public and other lives can be saved!

Mr Brock, who worked for the National Coal Board and then in insurance before he retired, added: “The work that Welsh Hearts does is so important. Not only does it raise funds for defibrillators, it also offers free heart screenings and free CPR training across Wales to try and prevent as many heart-related deaths as possible. I was delighted that I could use my life-changing experience to do something positive and help save lives. We all hope we will never need a defibrillator but it’s reassuring to know there is one close by if the worst does happen.”

Dr Callaghan, cardiologist at University Hospital of Wales said “This is the first time I have ever performed CPR on someone as a bystander but I must thank the other bystanders who helped in this situation and to the station for having the life-saving defibrillator on site.

“I can honestly say every second counts and I was at the right place at the right time, but anyone with basic CPR training would have had the same results as me. I urge everyone to sign on to a CPR course as you never know when you need it.

“Two weeks following the incident I found myself fitting Mr Brock with an ICD – Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator – and thrilled to hear he is doing so well.”

Welsh Hearts was founded in 2013 and has been focusing on placing defibrillators in communities and schools throughout Wales, as well as offering free CPR training sessions and heart screening sessions to the public.

In just 3 years Welsh Hearts has trained over 13,500 people in CPR and placed 457 defibrillators across communities in Wales. 692 people have been screened to detect any heart abnormalities and at least 50 people have been referred for further investigations some conditions detected being hole in the heart and cardiomyopathy.

We are holding a free walk-in CPR and Defibrillator training on 17th October at The National Assembly of Wales anytime from 10.30 to 4pm. All welcome to attend. Contact 02920 647735

To donate to Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru’s ‘Keeping the Beat Appeal’ to mark its third birthday or to take part in a fundraising event, visit

Local businesswoman puts her heart into cycle ride

Local businesswomen Marie Fanning has organised a 55-mile charity cycle ride for a local Charity Welsh Hearts.

Based in Cardiff, Marie is a Chartered Financial Planner with RM Financial Advice and in April 2016 was elected as President of the Insurance Institute of Cardiff (IIC).

Already a keen cyclist Marie said,

“There is a tradition for the President of the Insurance Institute of Cardiff (IIC) to undertake a “challenge” and raise money for their chosen cause. As the current president I have chosen Welsh Hearts as my charity and have organised a cycle ride to raise much needed funds for this amazing organisation. I’d really like to raise a minimum of £2000 which is enough to get at least 2 heart defibrillators into strategic public places in Wales and provide free training for their usage. On a personal note many members of my own family have had their lives affected with heart disease so I really appreciate the work that this small but great local charity is doing”

The event is going to take place on Sunday 25th September 2016 and will start at 0830 from the Y Maerun pub in Marshfield just off Marshfied Road. The registration for this is just £30 which includes full event support, cycle top and curry lunch at the end.

To get involved people just need to either: