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VIDEO: Schools to take part in world's biggest life-saving lesson

VIDEO: Schools to take part in world's biggest life-saving lesson

Published at 7:02am 9th October 2015. (Updated at 7:51am 16th October 2015)

Staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and other medical experts are preparing to visit nearly 90 secondary schools on European Restart a Heart Day.

More than 20,000 children will be taught how to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in what will be the biggest event of its kind ever seen.

Over 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year.

If this happens in front of someone who starts CPR immediately before an ambulance arrives, the patient's chances of survival double.

Jason Carlyon, Resuscitation Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "As an ambulance trust, we have set ourselves a target of teaching CPR to one million people over the next five years. This demonstrates how committed we are to providing our cardiac arrest patients with the best possible chances of survival.

"We are incredibly proud of our initiative to teach CPR to more than 20,000 children in one day. It's going to be an awesome event which will provide our communities with even more people who are equipped with the skills to save a life."

The event has secured the backing of Leeds United, Yorkshire Carnegie, Leeds Rhinos, Bradford City FC Community Foundation and Yorkshire's very own TV chef James Martin.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: "If we are to improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, we need more people with the skills and confidence to carry out life-saving CPR. Performing CPR in those vital, immediate minutes after a cardiac arrest can, in some cases, double a person's chance of survival.

"By training thousands of young people across Yorkshire, we will take another step closer to becoming a Nation of Lifesavers, where more people will be prepared to step in and help when someone else's life depends on it."

St John Ambulance has provided volunteers to help with training on the day.

Regional Director Simon Dunn said: "Hands-only CPR is a fantastic skill to have - it's so easy to learn and do. And yet, if these young people come to use it, it's something they, their patients and their families will never forget.

"To keep someone's heart pumping during the minutes before an ambulance or automated external defibrillator arrives is to keep them alive and give them the best chance of survival.

"At St John Ambulance, we believe no-one should suffer from a lack of first aid, which is why scores of our volunteers have come forward to help train at what will prove to be a far-reaching event."

Schools taking part include Nidderdale High School, Skipton Girls' High School, Giggleswick School and Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley.

This video shows how to carry out CPR: