Herefordshire Heartstart – 200 mile coast-to-coast fundraising walk

Tuesday 14th May 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

A volunteer for a charity that is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in Herefordshire has been walking for over a week to raise much needed funds.

Nicola Stock, who is a volunteer instructor for Herefordshire Heartstart, started out on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast walk on Friday 3rd May.

Her trek began at St. Bees in Cumbria and she plans to cover a distance of 200 miles across to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire in just twelve days.

Nicola hopes to raise at least £1,000 for Herefordshire Heartstart. The money will be used to enable the charity to continue teaching free lifesaving skills to people in the county. More sponsorship is needed for Nicola’s fundraiser to help her to reach her target.

Nicola said: “Every £1 really does count, as it helps to pay for new manikin lungs and wipes, sterilising fluid and course paperwork/hand-outs which are essential for every course we run. Manikin sterilising wipes are used on the Resuscitation Anne manikins for every person attending a course. We also have to replace manikin lungs and sterilise the mouth pieces of each manikin at the end of every course. We rely on donations to buy these items, as they are not currently funded by grants.”

If you would like to sponsor Nicola, please visit

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309) which is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in the county with the support of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It offers free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in techniques including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart or to book onto a public course or to arrange a course for your group, visit or email or contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654. twitter: @Heartstart_hfd.


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