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Yorkshire schools urged to sign up to life-saving initiative

Frances Hammond teaching CPR to pupils Katie Brook right and Megan Hodson (002)

Published by Lisa Darvill at 8:01am 17th February 2019. (Updated at 12:05pm 17th February 2019)

Schools in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being encouraged to sign up to a life-saving scheme.  

  • Yorkshire Ambulance is once again holding "Restart a Heart Day" in October 
  • It involves paramedics going into secondary schools to teach CPR
  • Registration for this years event is now open 
  • Over the last five years Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided free CPR training to more than 105,000 youngsters

"Restart a Heart Day" is run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service. 

They aim to teach thousands of secondary schools pupils CPR during the day, which this year will be held on 16th October. 

Over the last five years on Restart a Heart Day, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided free CPR training to more than 105,000 youngsters at 72% of the secondary schools across Yorkshire.

Currently in the UK, less than one in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. It's estimated if CPR was taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week - the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:

“Providing bystander CPR in the first few minutes of someone having a cardiac arrest is vital. But we also know about the many lives which are lost because people don’t have basic, life-saving CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

“The more youngsters we can provide with CPR skills on Restart a Heart Day, the better the bystander CPR rates which will in turn have a positive effect on cardiac arrest survival rates. We have hundreds of off-duty staff, volunteers and helpers from partner organisations who give up their own time to support the training on Restart a Heart Day – so we would encourage secondary schools across Yorkshire to take part!”

A Yorkshire teacher who used CPR to save the life of a three-year-old is also joining the call for secondary schools to sign up. 

Frances Hammond brought little Maryam Ugradar back to life after she fell into a pond in the back garden of her home in Mirfield last year.

Frances said: 

“I know from personal experience that CPR training is so important because it gives people the skills and confidence to save someone’s life.

"I would like to appeal to all Yorkshire’s secondary schools to take part in Restart a Heart Day and provide their students with the training they need to make a massive difference to anyone who has a cardiac arrest. I see Maryam quite often as we are neighbours; she is four now, such a beautiful, happy, smiling girl who is so full of life and that makes me feel so proud.”

Secondary schools that would like to take part in the event can register via the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Restart a Heart Day homepage at www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk . The deadline for applications is Friday 5 April 2019.

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