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WATCH: Record number of Yorkshire schools sign up for life-saving lesson

WATCH: Record number of Yorkshire schools sign up for life-saving lesson

Published at 6:00am 21st May 2017.

Nearly 140 secondary schools across Yorkshire have signed up for this year's Restart a Heart Day, which will teach thousands of students how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) staff and volunteers are going to visit schools on Monday 16 October for what will be the world's biggest life-saving lesson.

YAS first delivered the mass training event in 2014 to mark the European Resuscitation Council's Restart a Heart Day.

Over the last three years, more than 51,000 youngsters have been given CPR training, with support from the Resuscitation Council (UK), British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund and other organisations.

For the first time last year, YAS shared its concept for Restart a Heart Day with all UK ambulance trusts, which resulted in nearly 117,000 youngsters learning CPR nationwide.

It will be repeated again this year, with a national ambulance service target of 150,000.

ITV Calendar News presenter Christine Talbot is backing the campaign as a Restart a Heart Day Ambassador.

She said: "I am delighted to be an Ambassador for this campaign. Over the years, I have covered many stories where lives could have been saved if action had been taken immediately.

"I think this a life skill we should all have and I'm thrilled that so many youngsters will be coming on board."

Christine Talbot

Restart a Heart Day Ambassador Christine Talbot 

Jason Carlyon, Resuscitation Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest, and if a bystander immediately performs CPR, this can double the patient's chances of survival.

"By teaching more people how to carry out CPR, we hope to increase the bystander CPR rates which will, in turn, improve the survival rates for people who suffer a cardiac arrest.

"The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home, so by learning CPR, these youngsters could one day save the life of someone they love."

Figures show that more than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year.

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Sadly, thousands of lives are being lost every year because people lack the confidence and skills to step in and start CPR which could save a life when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest.

"We need as many people as possible to learn this life-saving skill to give them the confidence to step in and try to save a life when they see someone suffer a cardiac arrest.

"We're absolutely delighted that so many schools across Yorkshire are continuing to help create a Nation of Lifesavers by learning CPR on Restart a Heart Day."

Students at Ripon Grammar School taking part in last year's Restart a Heart Day:


Participating schools in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale:

  • Boroughbridge High School
  • Harrogate High School
  • King James's School, Knaresborough
  • Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley
  • Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
  • Queen Mary's School, Thirsk
  • Ripon Grammar School
  • Settle College
  • Skipton Girls' High School
  • The Skipton Academy
  • Upper Wharfedale School
  • Wetherby High School