A Brief History of Welsh Hearts

Welsh Hearts was established in 2013 by Sharon Owen, to help save lives one heart at a time. Following a routine check up with a GP at the age of 11, she was told she had a mitral valve prolapse. This, along with her 30+ years of fundraising experience, inspired her to set up a heart charity for Wales.

Sharon says:

I want to give something back to Wales and it’s a cause so close to my heart as I have also lost both my Nan and Pops, aunties and uncles and many friends to heart disease. It’s been hard work and quite a challenge at times but thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me on my journey I feel that Welsh Hearts is finally on the map – however there is still so much work to do.

Our mission

  • To provide public-access defibrillators in Wales in close partnership with strategic partners.

  • To provide FREE defibrillator and CPR training for the Welsh public.

  • To screen Welsh hearts for heart conditions that may otherwise go undetected.
  • To ensure that monies raised in Wales are utilised and distributed within Wales on specific heart related projects.


Keep Wales Ticking 

Every second counts when you’re having a cardiac arrest. There are approximately 8,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside hospital in Wales every year, and only a 3% survival rate. A defibrillator is able to restart the heart during a cardiac arrest, and can save lives. When used, the survival rate can increase to 50%, but a speedy response is crucial. This is the reason we have launched our Every second counts appeal in Wales.

Too many people in Cardiff are losing their lives to heart disease on a daily basis. With your support we would like to place 500 defibrillators throughout Wales’ capital city. We will also be providing free CPR training for schools, businesses and sports clubs.

Please donate today and help us raise much needed funds.