Café volunteers from St David’s Hospice have added life-saving abilities to their coffee making skills thanks to charity, Calonnau Cymru/Welsh Hearts.
On Tuesday ourCafé Dewi volunteers were presented with their defibrillator, a life saving device by Nick Aitken, North Wales Fundraising Manager for Welsh Hearts. Following the presentation, Nick delivered a training seminar on the use of the defibrillator, CPR and other lifesaving skills.
In Wales there are around 8000 sudden cardiac arrests every year outside of hospitals and it is essential that effective CPR and a defibrillator is used as every minute lost in a cardiac arrest is 10% of life lost.
Nick said ” We are a young charity yet we have already installed over 600 AEDs into schools, businesses and communities across Wales and trained around 22,000 people in CPR. These skills are essential as people in Wales only have a 3% chance of surviving a cardiac arrest!”
Welsh Hearts is non-subsidised charity and relies upon fundraising to achieve the lifesaving work it does.
Nick continued:
“I am delighted that we are able to work with other charities in North Wales and would like to thank all the wonderful staff and volunteers at St Davids for their support, they are to be congratulated on what they do”
Café Dewi, which is located at the Hospice on Abbey Road, Llandudno, is open to the public Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm has become a favourite with locals and visitors alike and serving delicious cakes and refreshments.
It costs over £3 million each year to deliver the services at St David’s Hospice – that’s over £8000 a day! Café Dewi has been a fantastic source of income to support those costs and keep the Hospice doors open for the patients of North West Wales and their families who need us.