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Be part of Wales' biggest Tea Party. It's a piece of cake.

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Patron Ruth Madoc is delighted to be supporting Welsh Hearts charity with The Queen of Hearts Tea Party next month and is encouraging everyone to get involved. This June get together with friends, family, work colleagues or friends at school to hold a tea party, coffee morning or cake sale in aid of Welsh Hearts and help save lives in Wales.

Your event can be held during the official Queen of Hearts Tea Party month from 1st to 30th June or at a later date.

The fact that cardiovascular disease accounts for a third of all deaths in Wales, where the death rate is higher than in the majority of countries in Western Europe may come as a surprise to many. In Wales there are approximately 8000 sudden cardiac arrests outside hospital each year. It’s shocking that the survival rate is only 3%. Where an AED (defibrillator) is used, the survival rate is 47 %.

Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts Charity Director said:

"Unfortunately, there are not enough defibrillators in Wales or trained people to give victims the best chance of survival during those first few critical minutes. With more defibrillators we can provide a vital link in the chain of survival so that even more lives can be saved. We are working hard to save more lives in Wales with our Defibrillator Appeal (The Dai Fib Appeal). We would like to see a defibrillator next to every fire extinguisher in Wales. We are a new charity and have been operating for just over a year and to date have funded 52 defibrillators throughout Wales. We rely solely on donations mainly through fundraising activities so if you’re a keen baker or just like eating cake please get involved in the Queen of Hearts Tea Party."

Ruth Madoc Patron for Welsh Hearts said:

"I am delighted to be supporting Welsh Hearts with their life saving work and would love to encourage everyone to get involved. No matter how much you raise every penny will make a difference and will be put to good use saving lives in Wales."

The charity are currently working with The Wales Rugby Union to get defibrillators into all their rugby clubs throughout Wales and will be doing the same for golf and football clubs.

Welsh Hearts are also working on the Saving Welsh Lives in schools project with Dr. Gareth Roberts and a team of Doctors going into schools in Wales teaching CPR and defibrillator training. The aim of this project is also to place defibrillators in all secondary schools throughout Wales.

In addition to the above, the charity is working hard to fund defibrillators in all rural communities throughout Wales where there is no Ambulance Service in the area.

To register for your Queen of Hearts fundraising pack which contains everything from invitations, ideas, posters to stickers and balloons contact 02920 786521 or email fundraising@welshhearts.org

More information can also be found here: http://welshhearts.org/queenofhearts

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