Heartstart Thatcham has been one of Thatcham Town Mayor’s, Mike Cole, charities for the past year (2013/14). The scheme teaches Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills to the public, for free. All of the members of the scheme offer their time and expertise for free giving training on the difference between Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest, how to put someone in the recovery position and more.
The scheme was officially established in May 2013, although had been in planning much longer. Before becoming Mayor the first thing Mr Cole said in relation to the scheme was “How can I help?” The Mayor and Mayors’ Escort could not have been more supportive. Both came on our first public training event in August 2013 and completed the course with flying colours.
With the aid of council staff, the Mayor has raised an astonishing amount of money for us which will allow us to purchase additional equipment, hire bigger venues, and above all else will allow us to continue delivering ELS skills to the public of Thatcham and surrounding areas. Not only have they put on events to raise money, but they have also attended many of our events, going far beyond what was asked. To say the Mayor has the community at heart would be an understatement.
The Mayor presented, at his reception on Friday 9th May 2014, cheques to his two charities, West Berkshire Foodbank and Heartstart Thatcham. The amount raised was increased with a last fundraising event at St Mary’s Church (Thatcham) on Sunday evening where actor Mike Brook, singers from the Read Dance & Theatre College and a quintet from Cold Ash Brass showed a fantastic range of talents at a concert.
All of us at Heartstart Thatcham would like to say a huge thank you to the Mayor and his escort for supporting us this last year, words simply cannot express our gratitude and appreciation.