Henfield community recognised for its heart

Marathon men Andy and Chris Spriggs. SR1511445. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-173030001
Marathon men Andy and Chris Spriggs. SR1511445. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-173030001
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Henfield has been shortlisted for the Community Hero category in a national award.

The St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, supported by Physio-Control, is back with over 40 incredible finalists, whose stories are sure to move and inspire even the hardest of hearts.

HENFIELD White Hart landlord Gyles Culver receives a heart defibrillator from HART responder SUS-150206-163430001

HENFIELD White Hart landlord Gyles Culver receives a heart defibrillator from HART responder SUS-150206-163430001

The Everyday Heroes awards are St John Ambulance’s annual celebration of the nation’s life savers.

They have all been nominated for their incredible life saving actions or unstinting commitment to ensuring more people know first aid.

Henfield has been shortlisted in the Community Hero category.

The category recognises an individual, group, or organisation which has used first aid or has made a remarkable first aid achievement in its community.

First aid is a cause close to my heart, and I can’t wait to celebrate the real heroes who have saved lives

Kirsty Gallacher

Since 2004, the Henfield community has raised over £100,000 to fund their local community responder group, the Henfield Area Response Team (HART).

They have managed to pay for nearly 40 automated external defibrillators, 22 of them public access defibrillators, strategically placed in the village and surrounding area and two additional units for the local medical centre.

They have also funded an active response system that has so far responded to 2,400 emergency 999 calls on behalf of the local ambulance service, reducing serious emergency call response times by an average of 10 minutes a call.

Alongside individual defibrillators, Henfield community has also funded uniforms, emergency bags and first aid equipment for each responder, a response vehicle and an exhibition trailer for providing ongoing education.

HART coordinator Dave Fletcher said: “Without this impressive support of the village, our responder system, the public access defibrillators, and the training resource would just not have been possible.”

The awards will be held on July 1 at the Lancaster London hotel.

Sky Sports presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, who nearly lost her father, golfer Bernard Gallacher, to a cardiac arrest, is hosting the star-studded evening.

She said: “First aid is a cause close to my heart, and I can’t wait to celebrate the real heroes who have saved lives. My father’s life was saved because the people around him knew first aid, and every day I am grateful.”

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