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Robert Austen and Maggie Taylor have recently joined Herefordshire Heartstart as volunteer Trustees.

Herefordshire Heartstart is a local charity, (registered charity number 1082309) supporting the people of Herefordshire with free Heartstart courses.

Robert Austen moved back to his hometown in Herefordshire after working abroad in the Oil & Gas industry for 18 years. His experience leading large teams, and his confident, enthusiastic personality has enabled him to maximize the efficiency of a workforce. He holds an excellent track record in meeting targets, be it financial or operational with equal focus on working capital and maximizing shareholder return.

Robert has always been interested in First Aid, but cardiovascular disease has been close to Robert’s own heart after a close family member had a heart attack. With his background in business and passion for healthy hearts, he felt he could do a lot to help an organisation such as this.  Last year he raised £700 for the charity, and is already thinking of the next fundraising mission. He is delighted to be given the opportunity of being a Trustee for Herefordshire Heartstart and will work hard to fulfil his duties.

Maggie Taylor and her husband Grahame, moved to Herefordshire in 2012 for semi-retirement when they purchased Whitney Toll Bridge. Semi-retirement became a myth very quickly when they realised that the day to day operational needs of the business became a 24/7 job! Then during the last five years they worked tirelessly to build links with local charities in order for them to benefit from any surplus toll monies available after on-going maintenance costs are met for Whitney Bridge. It was during these Charity Days that Maggie approached Heartstart to be a Trustee for them in order to be more of a hands-on help for the future.

Drawing on all her business skills developed over many years in large corporate and charitable companies, Maggie feels she will be able to assist and plan for a long and fulfilling future for Heartstart and the valuable training and education in emergency life support skills given to communities across Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Heartstart are also in need of a Finance Trustee (Treasurer). If you have the right skills, qualifications, experience and a little time to spare we’d love to hear from you.

The role of the Treasurer requires an estimated commitment of approximately two hours per month (working from home), with additional time needed to prepare for three evening board meetings, budgets and year-end accounts.

To book a course for your group or to book onto a public course or to make a donation, email or contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654 or go to

Notes to Editor:-

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no 1082309) established in 1996 and is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation to run free two hour How to save a life courses, both in the community, for members of the public, other voluntary organisations, groups and schools.  Heartstart is an initiative of the British Heart Foundation, but we are not funded by them, the local Council or Government to deliver our free training.

Written by:- Loraine Coleman, Co-ordinator and Schools Project Manager

Tel: 0845 60 60 654 or 01432 850067 or email or you can write to Herefordshire Heartstart, PO Box 305, HEREFORD HR1 9JD

Press release issued 9/2/17 12.35pm

 Patron The Countess of Darnley JP. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire