A community resuscitation trainer has appealed for more volunteers.

Heartstart Malvern recently celebrated providing free life-saving training to its 5,000th person and has ambitions to train another 5,000 before its 10th anniversary in 2027.

However, an increasing number of groups and individuals wanting to receive the training has led to a call for more volunteer trainers.



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Chairman Richard Vakis-Lowe, said: "We have had an incredible response to our recent appeals for more people to come forward to be trained, but we now need to recruit a few more volunteer trainers to help deliver the training sessions.

"Ideally, we are looking for volunteers who could spare about two hours a month.

"The main purpose of the role would be to help support three or four participants with the practical part of the training.

"Potential volunteers do not need any previous training or first aid experience, as we will help develop the skills needed."

The training sessions are hands-on and practical, lasting about 90 minutes.

They are delivered in a variety of settings, including schools, community groups, sports clubs and even at open public sessions that anyone is welcome to attend.

During the training, participants are taught how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator, and recognise a heart attack.

Mr Vakis-Lowe added: "We currently have 16 trainers, who find volunteering both enjoyable and extremely rewarding.

"This is reflected in the positive feedback and comments we receive in our course evaluations.

"Knowing that training someone some simple life-saving skills, which may one day help save a life, makes volunteering with Heartstart Malvern all very worthwhile."

People interested in becoming a volunteer trainer can contact Bob Lillis, the organisation's training co-ordinator.

Enquiries can be made on its website: www.heartstartmalvern.org.uk, or by calling 07926 615812.