CS Event December 2013

Hand on Heart CharityThe Trust held its third CardiacSmart event, to recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to raising awareness and promoting heart health across the North West.

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), aims to extend the coverage of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) within local communities across the North West, as well as training individuals in basic life support skills.

The Trust was joined by Gail Sargerson, British Heart Foundation Area Development Manager, who spoke of the importance of heart health before handing over to Sara Harris and Cheryl Pickstock, County Co-ordinators for the Chain of Survival team, and Bob Williams, NWAS Chief Executive, to present the awards.

Guests included, Cllr Denis Murphy, Congleton Town Deputy Mayor, as well as two cardiac arrest survivors, whose life savers were recognised with awards.

The 25 organisations awarded on the day included:


  • Matterdale and District Community First Responders - Gold
  • Cedar House School - Gold
  • Endmoor and District Community First Responders - Silver
  • Mallerstang Parish Meeting - Silver


  • St Michael and St John's RC Primary School - Gold
  • Ribble Valley Community First Responders - Gold
  • Parbold and Newburgh Community First Responders - Gold
  • The ADAM Appeal - Silver
  • Fylde Coast Community First Responders - Silver

Greater Manchester

  • Hand on Heart Charity - Gold
  • Burnage First Responder Team - Gold 
  • British Gas - Gold
  • British Red Cross Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside - Gold
  • Rivington and Blackrod High School - Gold
  • Bolton Mountain Rescue Team - Silver


  • Northwich and Winsford Heartstart - Gold
  • Warrington Collegiate - Gold
  • Knutsford Town - Gold
  • Congleton First Responders and Congleton Town Council - Gold
  • Marton and District CE Aided Primary School - Bronze
  • Delamere C of E Academy - Bronze


  • The Vocational College - Gold
  • Cowley International College - Gold
  • Wirral Borough Council Beach Lifeguard Service - Gold
  • Catch22 Cheshire - Bronze

Elena ShannonThe Trust also took the opportunity to present recipients of its Life Saver Award - which recognises members of the public who have made outstanding efforts to save the life of a person suffering a cardiac arrest. Winners included an 11 year old girl, as well as someone who had completed basic life support training just a week prior to saving someone's life.

Life Saver Awards

  • Michelle Blake
  • Nigel Medworth, Andrew Entwistle and Danny Richardson
  • Alister Pittman and Gary Butler
  • Stephen Carter, Martin Wingrove and Paul Hancock
  • Elena Shannon

The event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those that work with the Trust in making the North West a safer place. Photos of the event are available on the Trust's dedicated CardiacSmart website, so be sure to take a look!