The Nolan Charity Fund has donated £1,400 to Welsh Hearts to provide life-saving equipment to the community of Carmarthenshire. The new defibrillator and cabinet was presented to Carmarthen Quins RFC at their junior ground in Abergwili on 4th July by Welsh Hearts Charity Director Sharon Owen.
Welsh Hearts and the Nolan Charity Fund wanted the people of Carmarthen to decide where they thought the equipment was needed the most. Following a short public campaign the votes were counted and it was clear that there was an overwhelming response for Carmarthen Quins RFC to receive the equipment. The chosen location was announced at the Nolan Charity Fund’s presentation evening on 6th April, where alongside Welsh Hearts, a further 10 beneficiaries received funding from the charity.
As the equipment was handed over in the presence of Mr Brian Jones, M.B.E. President of Carmarthen Quins RFC, Nolan Nicholas, founder and trustee of the Nolan Charity Fund, Robert Taylor, Trustee Nolan Charity Fund, and Janet Bevans, Trustee Welsh Hearts, essential, lifesaving CPR & Defibrillator training was delivered to First, Youth and Junior teams plus family members and club volunteers. The training will be expanded with further sessions held to include the local community.
Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts Charity Director said: “ We are delighted to have been supported by the Nolan Charity Fund. Each year, in Wales, approximately 8,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Without immediate attention, the chances of survival are around 3%. If CPR is performed and a defibrillator used within the first few minutes, the survival rate can be better than 50%.
“The generous donation allowed us to place a defibrillator and an external heated cabinet into Carmarthen Quins, which will help safeguard the players, staff and supporters in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.”
After the presentation, Nolan Nicholas of the Nolan Charity Fund said: “In just two and half years, the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to donate more than £25,000 to benefit nearly 20 organisations in Wales. I am delighted to have been able to help Welsh Hearts as one of our 2016-17 beneficiaries and to be here today to see how the new defibrillator will play an important part in saving lives. It is a cause close to my charity’s heart and I am delighted that we are able to make a difference in the local community and allow fellow charities to continue the vital work they do for the people of Wales.”
The Nolan Charity Fund was set up by Nolan uPVC managing director Nolan Nicholas with the aim of working hand in hand with worthy causes in Wales. Through money raised, the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to award grants to local charities, organisations and individuals requiring financial support.
Welsh Hearts, the leading heart charity for Wales provide communities with public access defibrillators and hold free CPR training & Heart Screening sessions to young adults across the whole of Wales.