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WATCH: Ambulance service issues heartfelt appeal

WATCH: Ambulance service issues heartfelt appeal

Published at 7:08pm 14th February 2017.

Secondary schools across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being encouraged to sign up for the world's biggest life-saving lesson.

Restart a Heart Day on 16 October will teach pupils how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Over the last three years, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided CPR training to more than 50,000 youngsters and it's hoped that another 25,000 will learn the vital skill this year.

Restart a Heart Day Ambassador Lizzie Jones, widow of Keighley Cougars rugby league player Danny Jones, who died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015, said: "Restart a Heart Day is an incredible event and I am so proud to be a part of something which has the potential to make a difference to so many lives.

"By teaching our children such a vital skill, we are changing the future, and I would encourage as many schools as possible to take part in the event on 16 October 2017."

As an added incentive to register, all participating pupils will be invited to take part in a poster competition and the winner will receive a defibrillator for their school.

Currently in the UK, less than one in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest.

If we achieved the same survival rates of countries like Norway (25%), where CPR is taught in schools, another 100 lives could be saved each week, which is the equivalent of around 5,000 every year.

Pupils at Ripon Grammar School learning how to perform CPR:

 

Restart a Heart Day organiser Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "Restart a Heart Day is becoming more successful every year and 2016 was the best yet, when we shared our concept with all UK ambulance trusts to support the roll-out of the event nationally. Last year, over 150,000 youngsters received CPR training across the UK, which is an incredible achievement.

"CPR is a simple, easy intervention that can save lives. By being trained and having the confidence to use CPR, anyone can dramatically increase the chance of a victim's survival. It could be your wife, your husband, your mum or your dad - what better reason to learn than equipping yourself with the skills to save the life of a loved one."

The event has been organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation, which provides the necessary equipment free of charge as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, and St John Ambulance.

All ambulance trusts will be holding events to mark Restart a Heart Day.

If your school would like to take part, you can register at www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk and the deadline for applications is Friday 7 April.