THE RONNIE Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) is to work in partnership with a St Ives doctor to deliver training on lifesaving skills.
The move is part of The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign, which has been working with the Penzance-based RRMC to get public access defibrillators (PADs) installed in strategic locations around Cornwall and hundreds of people trained to use them.
As part of the campaign, the RRMC has been offering certificated training to interested parties as well as running free community training sessions with a PAD demonstration and CPR training, thanks to the support of Humphry Davy School.
Now the RRMC will be joining forces with Chris Gendall, strategic business manager for Stennack Surgery.
Late last year, Mr Gendall, chairman of the GP Federation West Cornwall, announced that he would be setting up an emergency medical aid campaign to give as many people as possible the skills and confidence to treat those in need.
Mr Gendall, of Porthcurno, said Heart Start Penwith would aim to equip people in rural communities with the skills needed to deal with emergency situations such as heart attacks and severe bleeding.
RRMC secretary, Paul Williams, welcomed the partnership, which was formed during a meeting at Humphry Davy School with Mr Gendall and Humphry Davy business manager Theresa Grainger.
Mr Gendall was presented with a HeartSine automated external defibrillator trainer unit by Mr Williams – the same model as the standardised equipment the RRMC has been rolling out across Cornwall.
Mr Gendall and the RRMC will also work together to coordinate training sessions to ensure that as many people as possible are trained as quickly as possible.
Mr Williams said: "Clearly combined, co-ordinated, dedicated efforts are bringing startling results to a county PAD programme that, a little over a year ago, did not have any."
The RRMC welcomes inquires about PADS from communities and schools.
If you would like to donate or would like to join the RRMC's team of unpaid volunteers, contact Mr Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01736 360864 or 07581 188043.