Remembrance Sunday 2019

Tredegar 2019


Save A Life Day, Cardiff

The Save A Life Day took place at Cardiff football stadium.

GwentDefibber members found the day very rewarding as they had the opportunity to listen to various professionals and people from the wider community, they were able to get lots of signatures for the petition which requests that all Welsh schoolchildren are taught First Aid and CPR in schools.

The petition will be handed in within the next month or so.

It was a marvellous opportunity to network and we would like to express our thanks to Julie Starling, BHF Advanced Arrhythmia Nurse, who is employed at Betsi Cadwaladr University Hospital Trust for inviting us to this very informative and enjoyable experience.

Pictured –

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City Football Club, Julia Starling & Mike


pictured – Mike


Update: Save A Life Cymru, 2019


SALC launch (002)

Hello Michael,

Thank you very much for wanting to support the Save a Life Cymru launch. I have attached the programme, I don’t think this will change for timings but we are waiting for confirmation where in Cardiff City Football Club we are actually holding the event. I hope to get this confirmed tomorrow or Monday.

We expect the media to be present at the event and are offering them the opportunity to interview all the speakers and individuals affected by Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest in some way. It will be up to them to take up the offer and decide who to interview.

There is always a however, we will be adding additional opportunities via the digital channels to get people’s stories out there and hope that you would be willing to become a case story.

I will send further information when it has been finalised.

Once again many thanks


Karen Morgan

Save a life Cymru Programme  Manager

Public Health Wales

1st Floor River House

Ynys Bridge Court



G.A.V.O. Awards Ceremony, 2019

Here are photographs of the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) Awards Ceremony which recognised the contributions made by volunteers throughout the County and who come from all walks of life.

Ordinary men and women who volunteer their time can make such a massive difference to the public and we thank them.

Well done to everyone concerned and especially Mike our support group chairman who accepted the award on behalf of GwentDefibbers.

Mike Morgan & Keith Minton (sponsors) Newport Uskmouth Rotary

Volunteers & Sponsors 2

Volunteers & Sponsors 3

Volunteers & Sponsors 4

Volunteers & Sponsors 5

Volunteers & Sponsors1


Save A Life Cymru, 2019

From Mandie Welch, Arrhythmia Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist

Would anyone from GwentDefibbers (who have survived a cardiac arrest) be willing to attend this day….it would be amazing to show some support for this.

I have copied Julie Starling (arrhythmia nurse north wales) so that you can liaise with her directly



From Julie Starling

Hi All

Save a Life Cymru is being launched on the 16th October, on the steps of the Senedd, (I just hope it does not rain!!)

I’m emailing to ask if any of you or your cardiac arrest survivors would also like to be at the launch. It would be fantastic to have an all-Wales Arrhythmia nurse presence at the event. Save a Life Cymru has also asked for survivors to attend and I thought it would be easier for local survivors to attend rather than those from other regions.

I’ve sent you info on how the day unfolds.

Venue: Steps of the Senedd

Start: 12:30

Invited speakers:-

Jonathan Goodfellow, Cardiac Clinical Lead; Jason Killens, Chief Executive WAST


Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary, will speak and participate in CPR demonstration


Opportunity for Fitzalan School children (60) to participate in CPR mass demonstration with partners of the Save a Life Cymru Group (members of the public able to join in if they want to)

Welsh Government will initiate diary marker for press and media, a press release will be issued with supportive comments from the members of SaLC

The ask will be for the SaLC members to retweet the press release with their comments.

Many thanks

Julie Starling

Arrhythmia Advanced clinical nurse specialist

Ystafell/ Room G63, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital

Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol

Betsi Cadwaladr

University Health Board

Ffôn • Tel: 01745 448788 Ext 3966

Happy 10th Anniversary

It’s very hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the GwentDefibbers Support Group started.

A massive thanks to Mike & Sandra for arranging speakers to the meetings, arranging meeting venues, liaising with the Great and the Good and doing a multitude of other tasks behind the scenes which have enabled this Group to be such a success. Also, not forgetting Lynne and Sylvia for the cakes, biscuits and much, much more besides.

From L – R, Sandra, Lynne, Sylvia, and Mike


Our first meeting took place in the Church Hall, Catholic Church, Ebbw Vale and now we are able to hold the meetings in different venues which have made it easier for those who are unable to travel far to meet with others in a similar situation.

Good Luck for the next decade

Certificate of Participation

Well done to Mike & all involved.

MayMeasure appears to have been a great success.


Support Meetings – September 2019


55 Heol Barri



CF83 2LX

Tel: 02920 889423



Dear Members

I write to invite you to the next two Gwent Defibbers meeting which are being held on Saturday 7th September 2019 at the St John Ambulance Hall, Abergavenny NP7 5SG (2pm – 4pm approx.) and on Saturday 21st September 2019 at Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF (2pm – 4pm approx.).

The format /Agenda for the meetings will be as follows:

  1. Welcome from Chairman Mike Morgan
  2. Update on group matters
  3. Update from Secretary/Treasurer Sandra Davies
  4. Guest Speaker:


On 7th Sept ‘19


At Abergavenny Robert Williams Abbott ICD Manufacturer


On 21st Sept ‘19 At Radyr, Cardiff Trudy Logue Heart Rhythm Nurse Specialist Cardiff & Vale University Health Board


  1. Light Refreshments and chance to Network with fellow members


I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Yours sincerely


Sandra Davies



Aneurin Bevan Day, Tredegar

Dear Mike

ANEURIN BEVAN DAY – Sunday, 7th July, 2019

Firstly, due to a hectic workload relating to events in June and July, and annual leave – may I apologise that I am only now able to write, expressing thanks from everyone here at Tredegar Town Council for your participation, and the support of Gwent De-fibbers, in our Aneurin Bevan Day event on Sunday, 7th July, 2019.

I am sure the sunny weather may very well have impacted on visitor numbers, as there was good support for the event, and hopefully, the Day’s activities were enjoyed by all those who attended to honour and celebrate the life of Aneurin Bevan, along with the rich history of the area, and the NHS.

Once again, please pass on the grateful thanks of Tredegar Town Council; your support is greatly appreciated and I sincerely hope that will continue for future events.

With very best wishes,

Yours sincerely

  Clare  (Town Clerk)

Tredegar Town Council, Bedwellty House & Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent NP22 3XN

Tel: 01495 722352

Grant – Tredegar Town Council

Thank you from GwentDefibbers to Tredegar Town Council for providing our support group with a £200 grant.


Your support is appreciated.