3 June 2014 - CardiacSmart Awards celebrate community life-savers

Heartstart Lymm & RoundtableThe North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust held its fourth CardiacSmart Award ceremony at the Warrington Collegiate last week to recognise individuals and organisations who have dedicated time to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators in their local communities.

CardiacSmart is part of the Chain of Survival Partnership which is growing the network of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). These are available in the community for use on people who suffer cardiac arrest outside hospitals in the North West.

The Chain of Survival aims to complement NWAS's emergency resources to reduce death from cardiac arrest in the community. The initiative tells people how and when to access defibrillators and increases the number of people in the North West who can provide basic emergency life support and use an automated external defibrillator. It is engaging with local communities to work together to establish defibrillators and community responders.

Bob Williams, Chief Executive of NWAS, said: "The CardiacSmart Award encourages people to take action and save the lives of people who suffer from a cardiac arrest in the community.  I am delighted to publically recognise all those who are working for safe and healthy communities - where we all want to live and work."

Winners' contribution to their communities were recognized with given Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.  Each winner received an award pack to help them to promote their award in their areas. 

And those who have made outstanding efforts to save the life of a person suffering a cardiac arrest were presented with the Life Saver Award - a new edition to the CardiacSmart initiative.

The Awards were sponsored by Warrington Collegiate, Physio Control, Cardiac Science, British Gas, Lancashire Defibrillator Campaign, Green Urban, Lakes and Dales Cooperative, SADS UK, Pumping Marvellous, The ADAM Appeal and Quoron Business.

The 32 organisations awarded on the day included:

Cumbria Winners

  • Endmoor and District Community First Responders - Gold
  • Askam and Ireleth Community First Responders - Silver
  • Furness Academy - Bronze
  • Milnthorpe and Heversham Community First Responders - Silver
  • Lakes and Dales Co-operative - Silver
  • The Barrow Defib Appeal - Gold
  • The Ship Inn Piel Island - Bronze
  • Calthwaite and District Community First Responders - Gold

Lancashire Winners

  • Defibrillators 4 Sports - Gold
  • Chorley Council - Gold
  • Lytham St Annes Lions Club - Gold
  • Elton Sailing Club - Silver
  • Wymott Community First Responders - Gold

Greater Manchester Winners

  • The Ben Crean Trust - Gold
  • Stalybridge Methodist Church - Bronze
  • Rochdale Heartbeat - Gold
  • Spectrum Brands (UK) Ltd - Silver
  • Parish Nurse at St. Saviour's Parish Church Great Moor Stockport - Gold
  • Football 1st Academy Ltd - Silver
  • Stream Intelligent Contact Ltd - Gold
  • Millie's Trust - Gold

Cheshire Winners

  • Blacon Defibrillator Fund - Gold
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council - Locality Team - Gold
  • Costco Wholesale UK Ltd - Gold
  • Heartstart Lymm/Lymm Round Table - Gold
  • Joseph Windsor Heart Trust - Gold
  • West Lancashire Mark Charities - Gold
  • Wilmslow High School - Gold
  • Shocklach OViatt and District Parish Council - Silver
  • Lymm RFC - Silver

Merseyside Winners

  • Merseytravel Passenger Transport Authority - Gold
  • Heart 4 Heart - Silver

The 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 15 year old girl:

Life Saver Awards

  • Ryan Walker, Karen Reid, Aimee Palmer, Chris Stanbrook, Nathen Reid and Daniel Queeley
  • Mark Whittington
  • Anthony Girvan, Danny Cornwell , Jonathan Francis, Jenny Walton and Sue Mason
  • Chris Lloyd, Tania Poznanvic, Steve Ashton
  • Kairen Thackrah