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Schools sign up for life-saving lessons

Schools sign up for life-saving lessons

Published at 6:05am 27th May 2016. (Updated at 6:22pm 27th May 2016)

More than 120 secondary schools across Yorkshire have signed up to take part in European Restart a Heart Day.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) staff and volunteers will visit schools on Tuesday 18 October to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to over 25,000 children in what will be the biggest event of its kind ever seen in the world.

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

Over the last two years, YAS has provided CPR training to 31,000 youngsters at 137 secondary schools, with support from the Resuscitation Council (UK), British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and other agencies.

Jason Carlyon, Resuscitation Manager for YAS, 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.

"I'm incredibly proud that Yorkshire is leading the way and we have got the support of the other UK ambulance trusts to make the mass CPR training event even bigger. It will mean that tens of thousands more youngsters will be learning this vital skill on one day, not just in Yorkshire, but around the UK.

"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. There's no better reason to learn than that."

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, added: "What we have achieved in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service over the past two years is a shining example, equipping thousands of young people with CPR skills that they will know for life. We hope that adults follow their example and also learn CPR skills so they too can act to help save someone's life.

"We have already witnessed the life-saving potential that this event can have and there is no doubt that, with the scale and ambition of this year's event, more lives will be saved as a result.

"Yorkshire Ambulance Service has really led the way by setting a precedent for other ambulance services to aspire to and we are delighted by its continued commitment to help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers."

Participating schools include Cundall Manor School, Queen Ethelburga's College, Ripon Grammar School, Settle College, Skipton Girls' High School, South Craven School, The Skipton Academy, Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, Gateways School in Harewood and Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley.

More information about the campaign at www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk