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HENFIELD responders training for the Three Peaks Challenge in June are in their final training stages.

HART (Henfield Area Response Team) members met at The White Hart, Henfield, for a strategy talk.

Landlord Gyles Culver is one of the sponsors together with solicitors Griffith Smith Farrington Webb - the company HART team member Anne Dewdney works for.

Sponsor Sean Preston, of Southdown Truck and Crane, was also at the event with mother Margaret.


The Three Peaks challenge entails climbing Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (Cumbria) and Snowdon (Wales) within 24 hours, transported to each by two volunteer drivers - Dave Fletcher and John Rodrigues.

Team members are Anne Dewdney, Claire Greenfield, Sandra Parsons, Martin Tooth, Kas Fletcher, Josh Westlake  and Mark Skilton. Heather Kingdon from  PART (Partridge Green Response Team) will also be part of the team.

Mark Skilton's Henfield company DSA Products has donated £200 to the walkers. Last year the team climbed Snowdon as part of their training and currently they are doing hill climbs across the South Downs.

Said HART co-ordinator Dave Fletcher: "It's a tough challenge but the team are well into training - and they are working hard to get into top form for the event."

Nadia Cowdrey, partner at  Griffith Smith Farrington Webb,  said:  “Everyone here in the office is very proud of  the work our colleague Anne Dewdney has done for HART with her team - and we are very happy to lend our support.

“We have no doubt the team’s efforts will make a huge difference to the vital work of responders in and around Henfield.” 

The Henfield Area Response Team or HART was set up in January 2004 as a project to tackle the problem of sudden death, in the Henfield community.   HART, as an independent charity, supports the Sussex Ambulance Service in providing local voluntary trained responders for emergency calls in Henfield that are life-threatening or potentially life-threatening such as sudden death, chest pain, unconsciousness, drowning other medical or trauma related emergencies. 

The responders attend 999 calls at the request of the ambulance service and provide care prior to the arrival of the ambulance. These responders have the training to use equipment such as defibrillators that can restart a heart before the brain is irreversibly damaged. The response time is therefore reduced from 20 minutes to hopefully less than 5. 

HART has absolutely no running costs. It has 8 qualified responders to date who are unpaid and provide their time, training, and travel costs free.

Each defibrillator and kit costs nearly £2000. We have enough for all our responders at present but plan for Henfield to have 4 more members by Christmas in an attempt provide a near 24 hour cover, 365 days of the year. 

Additionally, in January 2005 we intend to locate 5 additional automated defibrillators (AEDs) around Henfield High Street (in shops and other establishments) for use by the Henfield public, a scheme known as P.A.D short for Public Access Defibrillators (PAD).  This will be supported by classes in the village to educate the community in their use and for training in CPR.

Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) is a relatively new development around the world to combat the enormous death toll from sudden cardiac death – the most common cause of sudden death. There are 142 AED’s for public use in Heathrow and Gatwick

The estimated initial cost of defibrillators, medical equipment, and training items will be around £12,000. We would be grateful for any support you can give.

David Fletcher

Paramedic / Coordinator



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