York, Pickering and Sherburn in Elmet Kids Become Lifesavers
3:20pm 16th October 2014
Children at schools in York, Pickering and Sherburn in Elmet have been trained in lifesaving skills today.
Pupils at Queen Ethelburga's and Fulford School in York, as well as Lady Lumley's in Pickering and Sherburn High School in Sherburn in Elmet were among 11,800 across Yorkshire taking part in the training sessions. These were organised by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council.
Matteo, Phoebe and James at Fulford School gave Minster FM their views on the training.
Organiser Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Over 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.
“By teaming up with the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign and linking in with the Resuscitation Council’s European Restart a Heart Day we will provide thousands of schoolchildren with the skills needed to help save a life.
“I’m delighted with the phenomenal level of interest we have received from Yorkshire’s schools. And once the day is over we know that, thanks to the British Heart Foundation, the schools will have the necessary kit to continue training their pupils, family and friends for years to come.”
Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that people, our loved ones and strangers, have the best chance of survival if they have a cardiac arrest. But far too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic, life-saving CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.
“We’re delighted to be working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Resuscitation Council to train nearly 12,000 children in CPR in just one day. We hope this inspires many more communities and schools to follow Yorkshire’s example.
“By helping thousands more people learn CPR today, and millions more in the years to come, we’re determined to radically improve the country’s shockingly low survival rates. We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make the UK a safer place to live.”
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