The Heart of Weston

"The Heart of Weston is working to help
protect those living in our local community..."

Jane and Paul Phillips

All donations gratefully received



Raffle Prize Results – 6th July 2019 – Annual Memorial Walk

Prize Number Winner
2 nights B&B at Ivy Cottage, Reeth, Yorkshire 996 Dave Bill
£50 Cash 34 Pam Quinn
Afternoon Tea for 2 at Weston Hall 540 Clair C/O Becky Whitehouse
Steak night voucher for The Saracens Head 543 R Fitzpatrick
Crystal Glasses 395 Sue Nott
M&S Voucher 40 Dorothy Richardson
£20 Forever Aloe Vera vouchers 748 Gem Phillips
Billy’s Play Barn voucher (Amerton Farm) 300 A Palmer
£15 Butterfly Beauty voucher 703 Vickie Stewart
Bottle of Gin 519 Jenny Calvert
Bottle of Port 240 Linda Guant
Bottle of Champaigne 454 Sam Guest
Bottle of Rose wine 973 Becky Nott
Bottle of Red wine 247 Sarah Nightingale
Bottle White wine 517 Jenny Calvert
Box of Chocolates 71 Shirley Fitzpatrick
Bottle Red wine 513 Bridgett Cutter

The Heart of Weston 100 Club Draw

The November draw took place at The Woolpack, Weston and the winners were;
1st Prize. £66 Jenny Goring (6)
2nd Prize. £40 Samantha Palmer (41)
3rd Prize. £27 Gemma Nelson (97)
The next draw will take place at The Woolpack on Thursday 19th December between 8.00 and 9.30pm

The Heart of Weston Raffle

The Heart of Weston raffle tool place at The Woolpack, Weston during the BBQ on Saturday 7th July and the winner were;
2 nights B&B at Ivy Cottage, Reeth, Yorkshire – Rose Goussous (00414)
Handmade Swiss Blue Topaz Silver Necklace (Phoenix Tree) – Paul Lemmon (00059)
£50 Cash – Jenna Wilson (00579)
Afternoon Tea for 2 at Weston Hall – Liz Williams (00521)
Steak night voucher for The Saracens Head – Dave Platt (00713)
Butterfly Beauty Voucher (worth £25) – Tanzin Babetola (00406)
Dartington Carafe Jug – Phil Longden (00484)
Craft Beer Hamper – Matt Bailey (00976)
Craft Beer Hamper – Alan Sneath (00561)
£20 Forever Aloe Vera voucher – Laurel Castle (00452)
Bottle of Red wine – Shirley Steven (00110)
Bottle White wine – Mags SJF (00220)
Play barn voucher – Nicole Smith (00022)
£10 voucher various stores – Nicola Cox (00613)
£10 voucher various stores – Jackie Williams (00501)
Variety pack of Cider – Matt Nott (00983)
Bottle of Gin – Angela Causer (00128)

CRY Cardiac Screening for 14-35 year olds 9th September 2017

All these fundraising events have enabled us to put on another CRY screening day. The screening aims to pick up undiagnosed heart conditions in 14-35 year olds. Every week in the UK alone 12 young people die of a Cardiac Arrest, attributed to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD). The screening aims to identify any problems before it is too late.


Car Wash 26th August 2017

Another very successful car washing day was had, thanks partly to the fine weather. Over 60 cars were washed and dried. Many of the car owners enjoyed coffee and homemade cakes while they waited. The charity also took the opportunity to run demonstrations on how to use the defibrillator which is sited at the Village Hall and Dr Sarah Nightingale one of our Trustees carried out 19 ECGs on over 35 year olds. All the hard work provided by everyone resulted in a fantastic £725 being raised.

Winning Team Winning Captain


Annual Memorial Walk 7th July 2017

Over 70 adults, children and dogs took part in the 5.5 mile walk, which was fantastic. We were again very lucky with the weather, which always helps. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Some lovely homemade cakes and refreshments were available on our return to the Village Hall. This was followed by a BBQ, which was very kindly put on by Kelly at The Woolpack. We were delighted that we made just under £700.

Winning Team Winning Captain

Healthy Living, CPR and defibrillator training for Year 6 pupils at St Andrews School
3rd July 2017

This half day training session for year 6 pupils was run by Dr Sarah Nightingale. She was assisted in the defibrillator session by four of her colleagues. The training covered a wide range of issues including;
healthy living, what to do if someone collapses, road safety, diet, exercise, sleep, smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs.


JCB Mud Run 1st July 2017

Helen Stuart and her friend Emily took part in this very messy encounter at JCB Rocester to help raise funds for The Heart of Weston. It was 5 kilometres running through obstacles and mud. They found it both challenging and fun, as you can see from the photos! And they raised £188 which was brilliant.


Weston Village Fete 10th June

We had a stall so people could see what The Heart of Weston is about. We also promoted our 100+ Club and our forthcoming events. But the highlight was the raffle for a fully signed Stoke City football shirt that Donna and Steve had been given on their cycle challenge, which raised an impressive £156.

Netball Tournament 3rd June 2017

Becky Nott organised a mixed netball tournament with 13 teams taking part. With the help of umpires, scorers, time keepers, helpers, photographers and cake makers it was a fantastic day. The turnout of players and those that came to watch was amazing. Many of the players have asked Becky when the next one will is taking place! The day raised a very impressive £700 which will be split between the Heart of Weston and CRY.

Winning Team Winning Captain
Winning Team Winning Captain

An Evening at the BARF’s (British Academy of Radio & Film) presented by Country House Murder Mysteries 2nd June 2017

Sian Nevin put on a very successful Murder Mystery Evening at The Moat House in aid of The Heart of Weston. The evening was full of drama and suspense thanks to a very professional group of actors. And everyone enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal. There was also a silent auction for the Premier League football shirts, kindly donated by some of the clubs during Donna and Steve’s cycle challenge, this raised £1,270 and The Moat House very kindly handed over a cheque for £780, so altogether a very successful evening.

Baby and Child Emergency First Aid Course 8th April 2017

The Heart of Weston organised an Emergency First Aid course for BABY and CHILD run by the Red Cross.
This is the second time this very popular course has been put on. Those attending received practical hands on learning and key skills to help deal with many emergencies including, choking baby and child, Unconscious breathing / non breathing (CPR) baby and child, fever and febrile seizures, head injury, burns, severe allergic reaction and chocking.
Everyone also received a very useful free first aid workbook to take home, full of helpful advice.
Look out for this course being put on again in 2018.

Premier League Cycle Challenge 11th – 18th March 2017

Our local post lady Donna Stone and her husband Steve took on the ultimate challenge to endure a major cycle ride visiting all 20 Premier League Clubs, covering approximately 1,100 miles in just 9 days! Not only was this an impressive personal challenge but it was also being undertaken to help raise funds on behalf of The Heart of Weston and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). They completed the challenge and raised an amazing £10,588.

Player of the Tournament

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1st Weston Guides – Baden Powell Challenge

As part of their final award in guiding (Baden Powell Challenge), the 1st Weston Guides will be undertaking a sponsored event to raise money for the Heart of Weston. This will consist of a continuous 1 hour assault course on 10th October 2016 at 7:30pm. A big thank you to everyone involved in this event for raising money for our local charity and good luck to all those taking part.

Tournament teams

Charity April 2016 Update

Click here to download the April 2016 Update


Woolpack FC Football Tournament

Woolpack FC organised a charity football tournament for The Heart of Weston on Sunday 16 August 2015. The weather was glorious for the 50 past and present players taking part and many supporters who turned out to watch. Players were split into 4 teams, each a mix of current and former players, and each team played each other in a series of 6 group matches. The teams were each managed by a legend of the Woolpack – Ian Nott (Notts County), Bob Wilson (Wilsons Wanderers), Michael Fox (The Foxes) and Mark Davies (Dobbos Dynamos).

Tournament teams

Wilsons Wanderers and Notts County came out in 1st and 2nd place in the group stages and lined up against each other in the final. It was a tight match with both teams playing some good football and creating chances but Tom Bowers made the difference with two well taken goals for Wilsons Wanderers and they were crowned tournament champions with a 2-0 win.

The winning squad was: Adam Whitehouse, Matt Nott, Lee Bailey, Matt Dockerty, Rich Pemberton, Matt Tidswell, Matt Eden, Sean Phillips, Andy Gair, Matt Haynes, Carl Wallace, Tom Bowers, Bob Wilson and Graham Lunn.

Winning Team Winning Captain

The referee, Graham Mitchell, who kindly gave up his time to officiate the tournament for free, named Gary Lambert (Notts County) his player of the tournament.

Player of the Tournament

After the tournament had finished a fantastic buffet was provided for the players at the Woolpack and the children had great fun on the bouncy castle which Sian Bevins (Manager) had kindly organised.

The day concluded with the draw for the Heart of Weston Raffle. Prizes included signed football shirts, event tickets and vouchers which had all been generously donated by various local and national organisations.

The football tournament raised nearly £250 and the raffle proceeds of £1,300 meant that over £1,500 was raised in total.

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Raffle Draw Raffle Prizes

 ….And the winners were….

Ticket No Winner Prize
625 Sue Nott Man Utd Signed Wayne Rooney Shirt
105 Houlton Signed Stoke Training Top (child’s size)
136 Jonathan at Rantons Hamper from Aston Marina
309 Graham Wilson Signed England Football Shirt
347 Mandy Buckley Signed Derby County football
070 Aneel Cyril Signed Jack Wilshere Football Boots
197 Gill Smith Signed Wolverhampton Wanderers Pennant
141 Nicola Gould Afternoon Tea at Weston Hall
703 T Paget Lancashire Cricket Club Tickets
056 Jane Phillips Afternoon tea at The Post House
050 B Daw Family Entrance Pass to Trentham Gardens
269 Rob Norman South Africa v Samoa Rugby World Cup Tickets
086 Tim Nightingale West Midlands Safari Park tickets
200 Sam Downing Tobogganing Session at Tamworth Snowdome
698 John Millward Hairdressing Voucher
612 Janet Croythorne Shugborough Tickets
151 Owen Blackburn Family Swim Pass at Stafford Leisure Centre

 Thank you to everyone who supported the Charity!

Defibrillator Training

Three Defibrillator training sessions have now taken place and a total of 37 people took part. They included local residence, some who are involved with Weston Wombats, St Andrews Primary School and other clubs and groups run in Weston. It is excellent that a good cross section of our community has had the opportunity to have hands on experience of using the defibrillator.

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Car Wash

The Heart of Weston Car Wash was a tremendous success. The sun shone and the cars came streaming in. Nearly 90 cars were washed and over £800 was raised. People took the opportunity to have refreshments and an ECG while they waited for their cars. All part of the charities aim of helping to protect people in our local community.

Many thanks to Woodley Equipment Company, for the loan of an ECG machine.


Read the Newsletter article here

3 Peaks Challenge

Recently Jane and I were invited to visit the M&S Distribution Centre in Bradford where Steve worked. As you can imagine it was very emotional. They told us that they had chosen CRY as their charity of the year in memory of Steve and that they had decided to make the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge an annual event. They have named it The Steve Phillips Memorial Walk. We were inspired by the people that worked with Steve and the fundraising they were doing to raise awareness of SADS. They obviously thought a great deal of Steve.
Being sweep along by our emotions on the visit, I said I’d like to sign up to do it! Having only three weeks to prepare for 25 miles, 5200ft to climb, 10-12 hours of walking was going to be a real challenge.

Well, on the 4th July 2015 I set off on my challenge and I managed to do two of the three peaks which took nine hours, unfortunately my knees gave up so I couldn’t do the third. Jane did the first peak with me, Ian Field did the second peak with me and Chris Booth did the third peak with colleagues from Steve’s work, so as a team we did complete the challenge. There were 30 participants from Steven’s work in Bradford and approximately half of them completed the challenge within 12 hours. In total there were in excess of 1,000 participants on the day, all raising money for different charities. This was a truly motivational and emotional day, which for Jane and I has helped raise awareness of S.A.D.S. and through my customers raised just over a £1,000 half of which will go to CRY and half to The Heart of Weston.

The Heart of Weston 100km Charity Cycle Ride

On Saturday 13th June, 9 friends of Chris and Steve took to the roads of Staffordshire and completed a 100km route in the shape of a heart. The weather was against them with torrential rain from start to finish, but this was water of a ducks back and the guys cracked on and completed the ride while Weston Village Fete was in full swing. They received a warm welcome from cheering friends and family.

This was a fantastic fundraising event and to date the team have raised over £2000. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated and these funds will go towards the first screening event.



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Official Heart of Weston Launch

The Heart of Weston Charity was officially launched on the 13th June at Weston Village Fete. The response to the charity has been fantastic and will mean that we will be able to offer more screening and first aid courses, while also maintaining the defibrillator.

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Stafford Newsletter

As part of the preparations for the launch of the Heart of Weston charity, the Stafford Newsletter ran an article about the The Heart of Weston.

Read the Newsletter article here

BBC Radio Stoke Interview

Following the article published in the Stafford Newsletter, BBC Radio Stoke were keen to get an insight into the charity and why it was founded.

Listen to the radio interview here


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