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Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign

Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign

As an Ofqual regulated first aid training and education provider, teaching learners about how to respond to a cardiac arrest is an essential and vital element of all first aid training course content. This includes the safe use of an AED – an Automated External Defibrillator, referred to as a defibrillator or defib for short.

Tidal Training Direct Ltd. started to run an open course to support staff from businesses in and around Cheltenham and Gloucestershire in May 2017. Naturally one of the questions our learners asked during training about the safe use of an AED is “where is my nearest defibrillator?

This marked the start of the Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign, now known as Public Hearts. Co-Founders Clare Seed, Director of Tidal Training Direct Ltd and cardiac arrest survivor Chris Hickey began to raise awareness and numbers of lifesaving defibrillators in Cheltenham, to share these locations with the Ambulance Service. Accurately mapping and sharing this information enables 999 Service Centres to direct callers to the nearest operational and available defib in the event of a cardiac arrest.

This research highlighted key points At that time in 2018/9, there were very few defibs registered, both with the Ambulance Service and on publicly available information sites. Two Public Access Defibrillators in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham were clearly housed in phone boxes, yet were not listed on these sources of information. Most notably, there were no public access defibs in Cheltenham town centre at all.

This marked the start of Public Hearts work. Thanks to the generosity of Cheltenham BID in 2019 we were delighted to facilitate Cheltenham town centre’s first Public Access Defibrillator in one of the phone boxes by Franco Manca, The Promenade.We also upgraded the 2 Cardiac Science defibrillators in the Montpellier phone boxes to more current models.

Pre Covid, we also donated a defib in Moon Under Water at the bottom of Bath Rd, co-founded one for the United Services Club and more recently, part funded one for Holy Trinity School to support a child with a congenital heart condition.

Our principal aim goal was to facilitate a series of public access defibrillators along Cheltenham High Street (ideally every 200 metres) to benefit the local

and visiting communities (which can add up to some 250,000 during race week)

And 4 years on, making substantial progress thanks to the generosity of our Key Partners and the great support of the business community.

In early August 2021, Bob Holt OBE and Mike Turl each generously donated a defibrillator with a view to having them placed in the community to support this essential campaign.

These were installed on 10 December 2021 and are located at 340 High St CCP and The Brewery Quarter by The Cosy Club – marking Cheltenham High St’s first 2 Public Access Defibrillators.

David Jones, MD of Evans Jones as planning professionals kindly stepped up on a pro-bono basis to support our engagement with the local business community in identifying potential locations for 11 defibrillators and cabinets donated by Spirax Sarco.

These were quickly installed in early 2021 and are all benefiting the community. Thank you Spirax and to all our Public Hearts Defib locations.

In terms of supporting standardisation, efficient defibrillator maintenance, location and access, all our defibs are registered on The Circuit – The National Defibrillator Network used by all UK NHS Ambulance Services. Historically, each of the 14 ambulance services across the UK had their own defibrillator database for their area.

For the first time, The Circuit brings this information together into one database having reached the 50,000 milestone already.

When a defibrillator is registered on The Circuit, their location and status is instantly synchronised with the emergency services’ systems ensuring that their information is always up to date and ready to help save lives.

If you have a defibrillator, you can register it here with The Circuit so 999 ambulance services can direct callers to the nearest unit in the event of a cardiac arrest.

This is vital when moments matter in the chain of survival.

What a privilege it is to see how Public Hearts is going from strength to strength.

In August 2022, G4S Facilities Management contacted us with a number of ZOLL EADPLUS defibrillators to donate from Covid testing centres. As at December 2022 Public Hearts Cheltenham has facilitated 40 defibrillators in Cheltenham, Gloucester and one at The Ewe Space Matson. The next defib will be installed at Mulberry Lodge, the main entrance to Oxstalls Campus of The University of Gloucestershire – another collaborative relationship supporting our Campaign.”

Thank you for the support of founding and key partners, Cheltenham BID as well as Circle2Success members Bob Holt OBE, Spirax Sarco, Evans Jones, Tidal Training Ltd, G4S and Chun Kong in collaboration with Marketing Cheltenham.

With 3 awards under our belt, a dedicated Public Hearts Defib Hub and continued Partner Commitment, there’s plenty more exciting news to come in 2023 and beyond

Please get in touch to get involved, ask any questions and to support Public Hearts.

Public Hearts actions include local business engagement, collection tins in over 20 town centre pubs/bars (hence the Pub in Public Hearts) to fund for defibrillators in pubs in strategic locations. Moon Under Water on Bath Rd was the first pub to receive a defib through donations – https://cheltenhambid.co.uk/bid-backing-defib-campaign/

Did you know...
More than 3,600 people are resuscitated by ambulance staff every year in the South West because they suffer a pre-hospital cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes once in cardiac arrest, a person loses a further 10% chance of survival, and with this dramatic loss in chance of survival, there is a need of a defibrillator every 4-5 minutes walk. Without doubt this availability would improve cardiac arrest survival rates throughout the South West.”

You are welcome to support us through The Cheltenham Good Causes Lottery, a weekly lottery that raising money for good causes in Cheltenham. Tickets for the lottery will cost £1 and each ticket will have a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize, with a top prize of £25,000.

50% of the ticket price comes to Public Hearts Cheltenham and 10% goes to No Child Left Behind Cheltenham.

Buy tickets here and good luck – for a great cause

Read more about Public Hearts on our blog page

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Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign

Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign

As an Ofqual regulated first aid training and education provider, teaching learners about how to respond to a cardiac arrest is an essential and vital element of all first aid training course content. This includes the safe use of an AED – an Automated External Defibrillator, referred to as a defibrillator or defib for short.

Tidal Training Direct Ltd. started to run an open course to support staff from businesses in and around Cheltenham and Gloucestershire in May 2017. Naturally one of the questions our learners asked during training about the safe use of an AED is “where is my nearest defibrillator?

This marked the start of the Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign, now known as Public Hearts. Co-Founders Clare Seed, Director of Tidal Training Direct Ltd and cardiac arrest survivor Chris Hickey began to raise awareness and numbers of lifesaving defibrillators in Cheltenham, to share these locations with the Ambulance Service. Accurately mapping and sharing this information enables 999 Service Centres to direct callers to the nearest operational and available defib in the event of a cardiac arrest.

This research highlighted key points At that time in 2018/9, there were very few defibs registered, both with the Ambulance Service and on publicly available information sites. Two Public Access Defibrillators in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham were clearly housed in phone boxes, yet were not listed on these sources of information. Most notably, there were no public access defibs in Cheltenham town centre at all.

This marked the start of Public Hearts work. Thanks to the generosity of Cheltenham BID in 2019 we were delighted to facilitate Cheltenham town centre’s first Public Access Defibrillator in one of the phone boxes by Franco Manca, The Promenade.We also upgraded the 2 Cardiac Science defibrillators in the Montpellier phone boxes to more current models.

Pre Covid, we also donated a defib in Moon Under Water at the bottom of Bath Rd, co-founded one for the United Services Club and more recently, part funded one for Holy Trinity School to support a child with a congenital heart condition.

Our principal aim goal was to facilitate a series of public access defibrillators along Cheltenham High Street (ideally every 200 metres) to benefit the local

and visiting communities (which can add up to some 250,000 during race week)

And 4 years on, making substantial progress thanks to the generosity of our Key Partners and the great support of the business community.

In early August 2021, Bob Holt OBE and Mike Turl each generously donated a defibrillator with a view to having them placed in the community to support this essential campaign.

These were installed on 10 December 2021 and are located at 340 High St CCP and The Brewery Quarter by The Cosy Club – marking Cheltenham High St’s first 2 Public Access Defibrillators.

David Jones, MD of Evans Jones as planning professionals kindly stepped up on a pro-bono basis to support our engagement with the local business community in identifying potential locations for 11 defibrillators and cabinets donated by Spirax Sarco.

These were quickly installed in early 2021 and are all benefiting the community. Thank you Spirax and to all our Public Hearts Defib locations.

In terms of supporting standardisation, efficient defibrillator maintenance, location and access, all our defibs are registered on The Circuit – The National Defibrillator Network used by all UK NHS Ambulance Services. Historically, each of the 14 ambulance services across the UK had their own defibrillator database for their area.

For the first time, The Circuit brings this information together into one database having reached the 50,000 milestone already.

When a defibrillator is registered on The Circuit, their location and status is instantly synchronised with the emergency services’ systems ensuring that their information is always up to date and ready to help save lives.

If you have a defibrillator, you can register it here with The Circuit so 999 ambulance services can direct callers to the nearest unit in the event of a cardiac arrest.

This is vital when moments matter in the chain of survival.

What a privilege it is to see how Public Hearts is going from strength to strength.

In August 2022, G4S Facilities Management contacted us with a number of ZOLL EADPLUS defibrillators to donate from Covid testing centres. As at December 2022 Public Hearts Cheltenham has facilitated 40 defibrillators in Cheltenham, Gloucester and one at The Ewe Space Matson. The next defib will be installed at Mulberry Lodge, the main entrance to Oxstalls Campus of The University of Gloucestershire – another collaborative relationship supporting our Campaign.”

Thank you for the support of founding and key partners, Cheltenham BID as well as Circle2Success members Bob Holt OBE, Spirax Sarco, Evans Jones, Tidal Training Ltd, G4S and Chun Kong in collaboration with Marketing Cheltenham.

With 2 awards under our belt, a dedicated Public Hearts Defib Hub and continued Partner Commitment, there’s plenty more exciting news to come in 2023.

Please get in touch to get involved, ask any questions and to support Public Hearts.

Public Hearts actions include local business engagement, collection tins in over 20 town centre pubs/bars (hence the Pub in Public Hearts) to fund for defibrillators in pubs in strategic locations. Moon Under Water on Bath Rd was the first pub to receive a defib through donations – https://cheltenhambid.co.uk/bid-backing-defib-campaign/

Did you know...
More than 3,600 people are resuscitated by ambulance staff every year in the South West because they suffer a pre-hospital cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes once in cardiac arrest, a person loses a further 10% chance of survival, and with this dramatic loss in chance of survival, there is a need of a defibrillator every 4-5 minutes walk. Without doubt this availability would improve cardiac arrest survival rates throughout the South West.”

You are welcome to support us through The Cheltenham Good Causes Lottery, a weekly lottery that raising money for good causes in Cheltenham. Tickets for the lottery will cost £1 and each ticket will have a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize, with a top prize of £25,000.

50% of the ticket price comes to Public Hearts Cheltenham and 10% goes to No Child Left Behind Cheltenham.

Buy tickets here and good luck – for a great cause

Read more about Public Hearts on our blog page
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