4720 children learn a life-saving lesson

Restart a Heart Day montage 2019

More than 4000 young people across the East of England have learnt vital life-saving skills, after taking part in this year’s Restart a Heart Day.

Staff and volunteers from our Trust visited more than 50 secondary schools on Wednesday (16th October), to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pupils. As well as learning how to perform chest compressions, the youngsters were also taught mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by EEAST staff and volunteers.

The lifesaving skills they have picked up, could mean the difference between life and death for someone who has had a cardiac arrest, where the chances of survival drop by 10 percent a minute, until CPR is started.

Andrew Barlow, Community Response Manager for Norfolk, Waveney and Suffolk, said: “We were delighted to once again play our part in delivering the country’s biggest mass CPR training event. This year has really surpassed our expectations, and has seen thousands more young people given the vital CPR skills they need to help them become the next generation of life-savers.

“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the schools and pupils who took part, and to our staff, community first responders and other volunteers, who took the time to share their skills and teach the students and teachers. This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without them.”

The day also saw our Trust take part in a nationwide research project, led by the University of Warwick, which aims to find out what participants thought of the training and whether it could be improved. Pupils from St Benedict’s Upper School in Bury St Edmunds and Marriotts School in Stevenage, were asked to fill in short questionnaires, with the results used to shape future events.

Photos and posts from the day are available on our Twitter and Instagram feeds (both @EastEnglandAmb).

Published 18th October 2019

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