Vicar learns how to save a life

A vicar from Herefordshire was among 21 people who learnt vital lifesavings skills at a recent course run by volunteers from Herefordshire Heartstart.

Rev. Phil Williams and parishioners from Holmer, St. Mary’s and Huntington Churches attended the two-hour course at Holmer Church Centre.

They all learnt how to call for help, how to help an unconscious casualty, how to deal with choking, serious bleeding and heart attack. They were able to practise recovery position and CPR and by the end of the evening, they all felt a lot more confident to know what to do in a life threatening emergency.

Vicar learns how to save a life

Rev. Williams said: “So now I know my ‘DRsABC’ … after attending a Heartstart training session at Holmer Church Centre. The session was very helpful, practical and informative – one of the best two hour courses I have ever attended. So do YOU know your DRsABC? No? Then book a place on a Heartstart training session now.”

Herefordshire Heartstart is working with churches in the Diocese of Hereford under a grant from the Deanery Mission fund to deliver Heartstart training through churches in the area. Eight churches are being targeted under this project and will rollout during the year. Courses will take place in church centres, community halls, local businesses or anywhere where there is enough space to run a course for between 12 and 30 people.

Anyone wishing to book a course under this grant should contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman by calling 0845 60 60 654 (Mon to Thurs 9am to 12.45pm) or emailing
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Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309), supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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