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At the moment the charity is closed due to the covid 19 pandemic. If you are waiting on the delivery of a defib or consumable and haven’t heard from us , please email us on info@handonheart.org.uk and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Hand on Heart Charity has a simple goal; to prevent the deaths of the 12 young people who die due to a sudden cardiac arrest each week.

Lesley Appleton

Fundraising Co-ordinator

For all sponsorship, fundraising and donation enquiries, contact Lesley!

Lesley brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the team with enthusiasm, passion and a commitment to help Hand on Heart grow to a bigger and brighter future and is responsible in generating income through encouraging businesses, organisations and individuals to support Hand on Heart with sponsorship, donations and through in-house events.

“I am 100% committed to playing a vital part in helping Hand on Heart grow and feel immensely proud to be a part of a dedicated team as we strive to increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest to the bigger community”.

If you are interested in fundraising, sponsoring  or supporting Hand on Heart in any way please email lesley@handonheart.org or call her on 0845 071 0822.

Emma Short

Training & Development

For all training and equipment enquiries, contact Emma!

Emma has a wealth of training experience and knowledge and is passionate about first aid and defibrillators. Emma has developed our new first aid courses so that schools can now take advantage of having all their first aid requirements and defibrillators looked after by Hand on Heart.  Her role is to encourage schools and other groups to book in defibrillator and basic life skills courses, so that children and staff can be made aware of the importance of having a defibrillator and are taught the necessary simple life saving skills.

“My ambition is to have every school have a class of children taught every year so that we leave a legacy that every child leaves school knowing how to save a life”.

If you are interested in booking your training please call her on 0845 071 0822 or email emma@handonheart.org

Julie Kembrey


Julie joined the team at Hand on Heart in November 2017 and volunteers one half day a week to helping out with the all-important administration work in the office at Birchwood.

From spreadsheets, research, typing letters to filing etc her support is invaluable to assisting in the smooth running of the office paperwork.

Sue Warham


Sue has recently joined the team and is keen to make her mark with the newest campaign area we have in making the Macclesfield schools to become heart safe and receive a defibrillator and the skills to save a life.

With a teaching background, Sue brings a wealth of knowledge that can help Hand on Heart to achieve their aims.

Karen Clarke


Karen joined the team in June 2019 as an administration volunteer, working one half day a week.  Her role is to support Emma and Lesley with all the normal admin jobs within the office from data entry, preparing post to filling goody bags for awareness days and events.

“To say my job is varied is an understatement and giving my time to a well-deserved charity is a good feeling.”

Our Board of Trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees whose responsibilities lie in raising the Charity's profile and monitoring the activities of the charity.

David Howarth – Charity Chairman
Rachael Howarth – Secretary
Carren Bell
Emma Jones
Naseer Patel

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