Pupils take lessons in lifesaving as part of Restart a Heart Day

Secondary school students in Suffolk will be learning first aid skills that could save a life as part of World Restart a Heart day later this month.

Eight Suffolk schools will join more than 30 other schools across the region for this year’s event on Tuesday 16th October, where students learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), practising with resuscitation dolls, during half-hour training sessions.

In the UK, around 30,000 people a year suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. The chances of surviving drop 10 per cent a minute if CPR is not started – with survival rates in this country currently less than one in 10. Learning how to perform CPR for those minutes until an ambulance crew arrives could literally make the difference between life and death for thousands of people each year.

The annual training event is run jointly with the Resuscitation Council, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and every ambulance service in the UK. This year the event has World Restart a Heart Day, with events being organised around the world by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Andrew Barlow, Community Collaboration Manager for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said: “This is the UK’s biggest CPR training event and we’re very proud to be part of it as it goes global.

“More than 195,000 children and young people across the country learnt CPR during last year’s Restart a Heart Day and this year we look forward to helping train the next generation of lifesavers with vital CPR skills.”

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