Preston heart charity bags more gold stars for campaigning

Award: Sian Percival-Edwards picks up the prize

Award: Sian Percival-Edwards picks up the prize

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A heart charity has bagged a top award for a second time.

Heartbeat, based in Deepdale, Preston clinched the GOLD CardiacSmart award once again. The aim of the award is to recognise people for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators.

Sian Percival-Edwards, Health Development Officer at the Deepdale based charity, revealed they have been working hard to raise awareness and save lives.

She said: “We are very proud to have won our second Cardiac Smart Gold Award. We have worked hard over the past 24 months to promote and deliver the simple skills that can help save someone’s life”

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership, works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators and provide more individuals with training in basic life support in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. A spokesman for Heartbeat said: “Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent. No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, CPR and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.”