What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Restart a Heart, Northumberland

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I along with my sister in law raise awareness and funds for the Hearts and Goals project. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the UK’s biggest killer. It does not discriminate agains age, fitness or gender. 12 children in the UK die every week usually during a sporting activity at school.

Placing a defibrillator into schools and sports grounds increases survival dramatically as the first few minutes are crucial and emergency services cannot usually respond in time. Sudden cardiac arrest usually strikes with no warning or symptoms.

christineDefibrillators require no training as they are fully automated and will only shock if sudden cardiac arrest is detected. We have 5 in local schools with another 2 on the way but it’s just not enough. Fabrice Muamba who collapsed during an FA cup game last year moved the need for defibrillators higher up on the public agenda. He owes his life as thousands do to a defibrillator. Ex Newcastle United Hero Peter Beardsley attended the first launch and has pledged his ongoing support.

I spend time every day emailing businesses in my local area asking for help to obtain prizes to auction. We’ve had race nights, sponsored Great North Swim etc. I liaise with schools, the F.A. and the North East ambulance service to provide awareness sessions on life saving skills. I spread awareness using social media urging people to know their pulse and sharing stories good and bad to educate. Along with a team of close friends and local business we have organised a winter snow ball at the Newcastle Marriott hotel to raise further funds.

My family have been affected I lost my brother 10 years ago at 32 and now his son, my nephew is 16 and has similar problems. We are determined to keep our children safe.


Christine Stephenson (Restart a Heart) has been nominated in the category Volunteer of the Year. To vote for Christine please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

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