UK Heart Safe Awards 2019 a success!
The 8th annual UK Heart Safe Awards took place on Friday 4th October at the AJ Bell Stadium
The celebrity host was none other than Jenny Powell and Park Road Primary School Choir in Sale entertained the guests while they enjoyed their reception drinks.
Attended by over 300 guests from all around the UK with people travelling down from Aberdeen in Scotland down to guests coming all the way up from Cornwall to Manchester. The Awards have become a true national event that comes together to celebrate the achievements of the many individuals, organisations and companies for having ‘heart safe environments ‘(i.e. having a defibrillator on site).
14 awards were announced in all, with categories ranging from Community Responder, Not for Profit, Large Businesses to Professional Services.
The awards are hosted by Hand on Heart Charity, a charity with a mission to keep children safe and prevent the deaths of 12 young people who die each week due to sudden cardiac arrest. With a vision that all educational establishments and community facilities for children s activities have defibrillators in them and staff are confident to manage a health emergency.
The award evening in association with leading defibrillator manufacturer Phillips was a heart-warming night with stories shared from survivors and their families of children and adults of cardiac arrests, highlighting that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. That the importance of having defibrillators and the need for bystanders to perform CPR whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive can make a huge difference.
During the evening everyone enjoyed a Diamond Dazzle raffle, a ticket raffle and a request to support and pledge to help 8 schools across the UK in receiving a defibrillator package to ensure they become heart safe ready.
During the pledge, and after an emotional talk from Sue Warham, one of the Hand on Heart volunteers, they in fact received a total of 17 pledges for defibrillator packages – over double what was expected!!!
Jenny Powell said “It was an utter pleasure to host the UK Heart Safe Awards this year supporting Hand On Heart Charity. It was an emotional and heart warming time of celebration and reflection and I felt honoured to be amongst so many wonderful people committed to such an important cause! “
With just one week to go before the awards even took place, the initial hotel where it was being held cancelled the booking due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control.
The team then had just 4 days to find another venue or risk cancelling the prestigious awards. Luckily, by Monday the AJ Bell stadium was secured as the new venue and the show could go on. During these 4 days every effort was made to turn the event around.
By Friday 4th October at 6pm the AJ Bell stadium was set and waiting for the honoured guests and finalists to attend the 8th annual UK Heart Safe awards.
Hand on Heart fundraising co-ordinator Lesley Appleton said, ‘we all had a few stressful days and nights but we are delighted to say the UK Heart Safe awards went extremely well’.
Our winners this year included:
1. Community Responder Award – Crowborough Community First Responders
2. Property and Construction Award – EPC-UK
3. Education Award – Exeter School
4. Emergency Services Award – Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
5. Fundraiser of the Year – David Owen – Kingswood and Wotton Defib Awareness Group
6. Large Business Award – CONCENTRIX
7. Leisure Industry Award – Everton in the Community
8. Not for Profit Award – Lions Club of Truro
9. Professional Services Award – Birchwood Park
10. Retailer Award – Guildhall Shopping & Dining
11. SME Business Award – Brass and Granite
12. Special Recognition Award – Global CPAD Campaign
13. Trustee Special Recognition Accolade – Cisco
14. Lifesaver of the Year – Dr James Beck & Captain Andrew Plant – Global CPAD Campaign / St James Hospital
Our sincere thanks to everyone for their understanding and we can’t wait to plan the 2020 awards in the coming months.
All donations from the fundraising activities along with the pledges will help make schools heart safe and rescue ready should anyone suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest.