Two local schools have taken part in a life-saving CPR training day and members of the local community joined in too.
To mark International Restart a Heart Day the James Calvert Spence College in Amble and Astley High School in Seaton Delaval ran events where participants were trained to provide CPR for a cardiac arrest situation and to use a life-saving defibrillator.
The schools teamed up with Active Northumberland, Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club and local first aid training business, AET First Aid.
Andrew Evans of Active Northumberland who helped coordinate the event said:
“ We had a fantastic response to the day with around 200 people taking part.
“Cardiac arrests can happen anywhere and performing CPR in the critical minutes before the ambulance arrives gives the patient the best possible chance of survival.
“The main thing we tell children is that the worst thing anyone can do is nothing. Once they have identified that someone is in need of urgent medical care, they should first of all ring 999 and get an ambulance on the way and then start CPR.
“ All the students seem a bit nervous of the dummy to begin with, but once they get going they realise that this is something they can do – and hopefully that will give them the confidence in a real-life situation.”
Every year, across the UK, more than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of a hospital.
On ReStart A Heart day organisations all over the world came together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR.