The award ceremony which recognise individuals and organisations who have found the time, energy and resources to become life savers and create heart safe environments for their workplaces and communities, is now in its 8th year and has become the most prestigious awards event, specifically dedicated to recognising heart savers’ hard work.
Hosted by Hand on Heart, the children’s charity committed to keeping children safe and preventing the deaths of 12 young people who die of sudden cardiac arrest each week in the UK, the awards have grown from strength to strength.
The cause is also EPC-UK’s charity of choice, and the organisation the company has supported for the past six years.
“We’re delighted to have our life saving efforts recognised at the UK Heart Safe Awards this year,” says Mark Jones, EPC-UK’s Civils Manager and fully trained CPR and first aider. “Without a doubt, ‘heart safety’ is cited as a buzz term here at EPC-UK, and in addition to the charitable endeavours made to support Hand on Heart, we now extend compulsory CPR training to EPC-UK staff to give them the skills to support those in need, both at work and in employees’ wider communities.”
Mark, whom himself has already saved the lives of two people thanks to his CPR training, is a true advocate of CPR training and its immeasurable value, continuing:
“Having personally been called upon to carry out CPR within my local community, I understand first-hand how vital heart health awareness and life-saving training can be.
“By conducting training on site and promoting and performing training sessions through our quarterly roadshows, we’re really striving to put skills in motion to save lives. Currently, we have 170 members of our team AED trained. We’re making excellent progress and expect to complete AED training for our remaining 80 staff members later this month.
“Furthermore, the installation of 18 defibrillators across our business operations means we have life-saving apparatus in place, and ready to use by trained individuals whenever it might be needed.
“Off site, our commitment to the Hand of Heart charity also increases. We continue to host our annual Golf Day supporting the cause, and each year raise in the region of £3,000. These funds are used to purchase defibrillators for schools and fund the necessary training for staff.
“Our hardworking team would be delighted to achieve recognition for its efforts at this year’s Heart Safe Awards; however irrelevant of the results, we remain committed to our cause of being prepared, trained and dedicated, and ready to save the lives of those living with heart conditions.”