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Congratulations to Heartstart Coordinator, Sheenah Nelson for receiving the Rotary Champions Award in recognition of her dedication to teaching people emergency lifesaving skills and by campaigning to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival outcomes!

The Rotary Champions Awards are a national award recognising outstanding humanitarian and community service conducted by volunteers from across Great Britain and Ireland.

Sheenah has been a longstanding supporter of the Save a Life for Scotland campaign serving largely the Argyll and Bute communities and has made it her mission to promote CPR awareness and fundraising for defibrillators to be put in communities.

As a result of her hard work, 207 defibrillators have been funded and installed within communities, and over 5,000 people have been familiarised with CPR skills and how to use defibrillators.

Heartstart has also become apart of the curriculum in schools, with Sheenah and other members of the Heartstart first responder’s team teaching children and teachers the vital skills which could lead to them saving someone’s life.

Sheenah recalled: “at one school, we were sitting the children down to teach them how to do CPR and one little boy came running up and tugged on one of the responders’ shirts. The boy then said “this is my friends John he helped my mummy when she couldn’t breathe”.

Sheenah’s outstanding commitment to ensuring her community is CPR ready is truly inspirational. Congratulations again to Sheenah for her well deserved award!

For more information about Heartstart, visit their website here.