Restart a Heart Day, 16th October - getting more people in York trained to save a life

4 local business owners have come together to organise a 1 day event with the ambitious goal of getting more than 500 local people trained to give CPR for free!

Every year there are around 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests across the UK, but sadly less than 1 in 10 survive.

The event is kindly supported by York University, where it will take place on the 16th October. It’s completely free for anyone to attend one of the training sessions to learn how to give CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and use a Defibrillator.

Restart a Heart Day is a national initiative led by The Resuscitation Council (UK) along with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Saving Lives for Scotland who are working together to help raise awareness of cardiac arrest and teach CPR to as many people as possible in the UK to make sure they know how to save a life.

“The idea is, you can come along to one of the training sessions, it will take just half an hour of your time and you should leave feeling confident enough to give CPR if you needed to. I am always surprised by how few people know how to do it.” Michele Trevor, Mini First Aid

“I couldn't believe the stats when I heard them. The Government launched a fantastic initiative at the beginning of the year to get school children trained to give CPR, but what about everyone else?” Nina Copely, Orchestrate Events

The Government announced that it will be added to the curriculum for secondary school children based on learnings from overseas. In some countries that already teach CPR in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of the UK.

“We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target of training 500+ people on the day. That would be incredible! We’re hoping that local business will get involved and arrange to send over entire teams to be trained” Kerry Perks, Perks Marketing

The event is for everyone. All are welcome. Come along with your colleagues, organise it for your whole company or come alone. It’s a great skill to learn and really could save a life.

If you are coming in a group larger than 10 people, please get in touch with the team to organise a time slot, otherwise just register which session you’d like to attend here:

“We’ll also be covering how to use an AED, Defibrillator. There are so many more of them around these days, but not many people would have the confidence to use one if they needed to.” Kim Brown, SeBeau Health Visiting

Event Details:

16th October, York University Heslington - various sessions available. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/915664022130725/

The organising gang are local business owners;

Kim Brown, SeBeau Health Visiting

Michele Trevor, Mini First Aid

Nina Copely, Orchestrate Events

Kerry Perks, Perks Marketing

We’d like to thank York University who have been incredibly supportive of the event and are hosting the training day. It’s open to all University students and staff to attend.

Info Sources:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/cpr-training-in-schools/restart-a-heart-day-2019

https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/january/government-confirms-plans-to-teach-cpr-in-schools

About Restart A Heart:

The Restart a Heart campaign (RSAH) is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service which aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

On and around Wednesday 16 October 2019, an alliance of organisations all over the world will be coming together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR by organising and facilitating training events.

This is the sixth annual Restart a Heart campaign and the second annual World Restart a Heart (WRSAH) campaign.

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