Taking life-saving skills into our schools

Restart a Heart Day 2019

Staff and volunteers from the Trust are gearing up to teach thousands of young people how to save a life for this year’s Restart a Heart Day on 16th October. 

More than 50 secondary schools have signed up to take part in the country’s biggest mass CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training event on the 16th October. During the day they will learn how to perform chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which could mean the difference between life and death for someone who has had a cardiac arrest.

During the 2018 event, EEAST trained more than 8,500 pupils across the east of England. Organisers are hoping to go one step further in 2019 by reaching even more people.  

Andrew Barlow, EEAST’s Community Response Manager for Norfolk, Waveney and Suffolk, said: “We are proud to once again be supporting Restart a Heart Day and are really pleased that so many schools have signed up to take part in this year’s event. We hope that it will be our biggest and best yet.

“Around 30,000 people in the UK go into cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year. Their chances of surviving drop 10 percent a minute if CPR is not started, and survival rates currently stand at less than one in 10. That is why it is so important for us to reach as many people as possible with this potentially life-saving training.

“Every year, we hear lots of inspirational stories which show how valuable the sessions are and the difference they can make. For example, two teachers from Aylsham High School who helped with the 2018 event, went on to use the skills they had learnt to save the life of a lady who had collapsed in the town centre.

“We hope that this year’s session will have a similar impact and look forward to visiting the schools and working with the pupils to share these vital life-saving skills.”

Restart a Heart Day involves every ambulance service in the UK, the Resuscitation Council, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Published 4th October 2019

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