Defibrillator donated to Llechryd and Llangoedmor communities

Heart charity Welsh Hearts donates life-saving equipment to the communities of Llechryd and Llangoedmor in West Wales.

A much-needed and valuable piece of life-saving equipment – an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – was presented to the Community Council of Llechryd and Llangoedmor by Welsh Hearts volunteer John Davies, a member of the charity’s Fundraising & Events Committee.

The Defibrillator will be located outside the sports hall adjacent to the sports field at Llechryd Village Hall, Cardigan SA43 2NZ. The building is used every day, with various groups using the facilities. Around 3,000 people visit this location every year!

Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru are delighted to be able to donate the community of Llechryd and Llangoedmor with a Defibrillator that will benefit the whole of the community and visItors to the area.

We hope the defibrillator never has to be used, but if it does many lives in will be saved as a consequence. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop by up to 14% for every minute that passes, so a speedy response is crucial. Therefore, early defibrillation – within four to five minutes – gives the best possible chance of survival.


We are working with Doctors to teach primary school children and teachers in Wales life saving skills

We have have launched a new initiative which is part of our “Saving lives in Welsh Schools” campaign that involves Doctors from Welsh hospitals visiting primary schools across Wales teaching life-saving skills to both children and teachers.

If someone becomes unwell whilst in school or in the local community for whatever reason the importance of knowing what to do and how to do it in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives can not be underestimated. For younger children, being able to identify an unwell patient and call for help is of equal importance.

We officially launched the initiative for primary schools this week at Hawthorn Primary School in Llandaff North. The day was split into different sessions for various age groups and covered activities such as learning a “999” rhyme and basic science lessons.

Dr. Laura McClelland from Cardiff is leading the project and said:

“I am passionate about teaching this age group and believe that it will empower children to develop a sense of individual responsibility toward themselves and to others. We had a great day with the pupils at Hawthorn Primary School where they had fun whilst learning important life saving skills.”

We are working in partnership with local hospital Doctors on this initiative and are extremely grateful for their time and dedication all of which is voluntary. In addition to the training we are striving to get public access defibrillators into every school in Wales. Part of our training package is to train the staff at schools to use these safe and life saving devices. This was an exciting, fun and worthwhile day which will hopefully lead the way for us to work with more primary schools across Wales.

Here are some pictures of the pupils in action from Hawthorn Primary School with our team of Doctors.

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“Why I enjoy volunteering for Welsh Hearts” by Mollie Shand aged 13

We are celebrating Volunteer’s Week 

Welsh Hearts are proud to be supporting and celebrating Volunteer’s Week which is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. We are really grateful for all of the support from our volunteers who do a wonderful job and we couldn’t exist without them.

In celebration of Volunteer’s Week one of our very own volunteers would like to share her story which will perhaps encourage and inspire others to get on board. 

“Why I enjoy volunteering for Welsh Hearts” by Mollie Shand aged 13

Mollie Shand volunteering at The May Day Carnival

My  name is Mollie Shand, I am in Year 9 and I attend Cardiff High School.

I first heard of Welsh Hearts when I applied for their charity run at Easter around Cardiff Bay.  I was interested in the charity as a pupil at my school who was a very good friend of mine, Owen Morris unfortunately died last year while playing rugby at Llanishen Rugby Football Club with an undiagnosed heart condition.

My mum said that when she was running half marathons and 10k’s she had seen usually healthy people collapse and it was important that people knew about first aid and what to do in these situations and that is why I have been going to St John Ambulance Cadets for over a year now and have achieved my level 1 in first aid.

After I completed the 5K run in the Bay I spoke to Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts Charity Director who inspired me to volunteer  to help raise money for Welsh Hearts and The Dai Fib Appeal to put defibrillators around Cardiff  and throughout  Wales to help save lives.  I have helped out  at some great events including The May Day Carnival and bucket collections

Welsh Hearts is a great cause and I love meeting all sorts of people of all ages so come and join me to help save more lives in Wales. 

For details of how to get involved and volunteer for Welsh Hearts please get in touch. 

Thank you for helping us raise £3500 at our May Day Carnival

We wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported our May Day Carnival over the bank holiday earlier this month. The weather stayed dry for us and hundreds of you came along. Ceri Dupree one of our Welsh Hearts Patrons opened the carnival and many other acts continued to entertain the crowds during the day. We also broadcast live updates from the event all day via Big Time Radio. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers and everyone involved in making the carnival happen as without them we would not have been able to run such a successful day. 

We are so pleased to announce that by coming along to the May Day Carnival you helped us raise a huge amount of money, a grand total of £3500!

This money is invaluable for our charity and the work that we are involved with. You may be surprised to hear that the death rate due to cardiovascular disease is higher in Wales than the majority of countries in Western Europe. In Wales there are approximately 8000 sudden cardiac arrests outside hospital each year. There is a survival rate of just 3%. Where an AED (Defibrillator) is used, the survival rate is 47-50%. Our aim is to raise money to buy enough defibrillators to situate them next to every public fire extinguisher. We have a big task at hand and that is why your help and support is vital.  Find out more about our The Dai Fib Appeal here.

If you came along to the May Day Carnival and left wondering what Welsh Hearts is all about or wanting to help we are in urgent need to volunteers. Please get in touch if you have a few hours to spare a week or even monthly or for ad hoc events.

The money you helped us raise at the May Day Carnival will help us to save lives in Wales so THANK YOU once again!

Below are some pictures taken at the May Day Carnival by Edwyn ap Harri Photography.