Two local schools are taking part in a life-saving CPR training day and members of the public are invited to come along and get involved.
On Wednesday 16th October the James Calvert Spence College in Amble and Astley High School in Seaton Delaval will be running events to mark international Restart a Heart Day.
The schools are teaming up with Active Northumberland, Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club and local first aid training business, AET First Aid.
Participants will be trained to provide CPR for a cardiac arrest situation and to use a life-saving defibrillator.
Carole Hutchinson, Executive Assistant at James Calvert Spence College said:
“We are playing our part in growing the network of local lifesavers by equipping students, staff, parents and the wider community with these essential skills. I’d urge local people to come along and get involved. It only takes a couple of hours of your time, but it could one day save someone’s life.”
The community resuscitation training is free and will take place at James Calvert Spence College between 1 - 3pm and between 7-9pm at Astley High School.
Mandy Douglas from Active Northumberland knows how important this training is as she and her colleagues helped to save the life of a gentleman who went into cardiac arrest at an Active Northumberland Leisure Centre.
“ Providing CPR in the first few minutes of someone having a cardiac arrest, before the emergency services arrive, is absolutely vital.
“ In a life-threatening emergency, seconds count and immediate chest compressions are necessary to keep oxygen flowing around the patient’s body, increasing their chance of survival considerably.
“ I know from personal experience how my CPR training gave me the skills and confidence to act quickly and correctly under the pressure of an emergency situation, working as part of a team to help to save a life. I’d urge members of the community to take advantage of this free training. You never know when you will need it.”
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 will be coming together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR.
Spaces will be limited so please book in advance by emailing Linda Taylor at:
09 Oct 2019