Heartstart Havering marked their relaunch with a special event at the Queen's Hospital in Romford earlier today. I joined the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Melvin Wallace, Angela Watkinson MP and other community representatives in supporting a new push to increase the number of people trained to respond if someone has a suspected heart attack. I attended a Heartstart course several years back after my father had a heart attack. Having the knowlege to recognise the symptoms and - if necssary - provide basic CPR if someone goes into a cardiac arrest could literally save someone's life.
Heartstart Havering's co-ordinator Andrew Attack has done a great job in launching the organisation in 2002 with the support of the British Heart Foundation and developing its programmes since then. I hope that more people will take just a couple of hours to learn the basic skills. The Deputy Mayor offered to take part in a future course and I hope others will too.
For further details you can contact Heartstart Havering on 01708 742566 or by firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about Heartstart Havering by visiting their website: www.havering.org.uk.