The Restart a Heart campaign is back for 2019 and will take place at 165 secondary schools including Tadcaster Grammar School today.
Developed in 2013 by the European resuscitation council, the annual event is co-ordinated by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who have 850 dedicated volunteers delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation across Yorkshire today.
In the last five years, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided 72% of secondary schools in Yorkshire with these live-saving skills. This has been made possible through a partnership with The Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Heart Foundation (BHF) who provide free use of equipment for the day.
In the UK, less than one in ten (8.6%) people survive a cardiac arrest. The campaign aims to raise survival rates to the level of neighbouring countries where CPR is taught in schools. If 25% was achieved, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week – the equivalent of 5,000 every year.
Tadcaster Grammar School is just one of the many schools participating in Restart a Heart Day, but not for the first time. School House Manager Jeanette Chauda was proud to inform us here at The Tadcaster Echo that this is the School’s fourth year taking part.
“We are very pleased to be involved in this again. The students always respond so enthusiastically and are very keen to learn CPR. Even the staff at the school get involved too which is great.
“We always inform parents beforehand of this hands-on training session so that they can decide if their child takes part or not. However this has never happened unless they need to be sensitive about a matter of bereavement or shock.”
Volunteers from Yorkshire Ambulance will deliver a 30 minute CPR training session to year eight pupils at Tadcaster Grammar school today through the practice on mannequins and an interactive presentation through the Restart a Heart Website. The mannequins used by the school were kindly donated by the trust the very first time they got involved and have been used ever since.
“The training provides vital knowledge and skills for our year eight students which could ultimately save a life. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Yorkshire Ambulance Service who give up their own time every year to deliver these invaluable training sessions for our young people.”
From everyone here at The Tadcaster Echo, we would like to congratulate and thank The Yorkshire Ambulance Service for their great work within our community!
More information can be found at www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk
(Picture provided by The Yorkshire Ambulance Service)