Nominate Welsh Hearts as Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year

We’ve got a favour to ask – Sainsbury’s are looking for Local Charities to support this year. Could you nominate Welsh Hearts? Go in-store to fill in a form or nominate us online here

The closing date is this Sunday, 8th June!

“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.


Welsh Hearts website launch

Welcome to the new Welsh Hearts website.

Welsh Hearts holding charity ball in aid of teenager Jack Thomas

Welsh Hearts, a local heart charity are holding a fundraising ball in aid of Oakdale teenager Jack Thomas who died after suspected heart failure in February 2012. The ball will be raising money in memory of the Jack Thomas Defibrillator Appeal for all schools in Gwent, Caerphilly, The Rhymney Valley, Monmouth and Chepstow. 

The King and Queen of Hearts Summer Ball will be held in Newport on the day after what would have been Jack’s 18th birthday. Jack’s mother Mrs. Thomas said her son would have loved the idea of celebrating a birthday landmark in such a way. She said:

Jack would have been having a big party or out celebrating with his friends. He was a party animal and I remember he used to drag his friends into every house party going!

Sharon Owen of Welsh Hearts phoned me out of the blue to say the ball could be arranged for June 7 – I couldn’t believe it because that would have been a day after his 18th birthday. It will be a celebration of Jack’s life and will hopefully raise money as well.

Welsh Hearts Charity Director Sharon Owen said:

The event will be a great way of raising money for the appeal and awareness of our wider Dai Fib Appeal which aims to provide defibrillators for communities, workplaces, schools and organisations across Wales.  With access to more defibrillators, Welsh Hearts can help our partners in the emergency services to improve chances of survival and protect our communities. Someone in cardiac arrest will lose consciousness, will not be breathing and will have no signs of circulation. A defibrillator is used to shock the heart following a cardiac arrest.

Tickets for the event are £45 each and include a sparkling drinks reception, a three-course dinner and entertainment. It will be held at the Hilton Newport Hotel on Chepstow Road, Langstone, NP18 2LX. People are being encouraged to arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

To book tickets contact Welsh Hearts Fundraising Office on 02920 786521 or email