UK Charities and Ambulance trusts come together for Restart a Heart day 2017
In October each year, charities, ambulance trusts, volunteers and private training providers join together with one common goal - to train as many young people as possible in CPR on European Restart a Heart day. Previous years have seen over 150,000 young people trained in life-saving skills. In the fourth year, we set out to beat this number in the best way possible - and we did.
Restart a Heart Day 2017 was bigger and better than ever - and saw record numbers of people trained in lifesaving CPR all across the United Kingdom. This year we saw a total of 195,000 people trained - all thanks to the brilliant charities, emergency services, and volunteers who donated their time and effort!
We again partnered with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to bring this event to life. All of the UK Ambulance trusts took part, and we saw excellent events and opportunities for CPR education all over the UK. Even Storm Ophelia couldn’t wash away all of the Northern Irish efforts!
East of England Ambulance Service reunited cardiac arrest survivor Roger Baines with the paramedics who saved his life at an event which saw 60 people learn lifesaving CPR. North West Ambulance Service set up CPR training stands at the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham - and even did a special training session at halftime to ensure all the fans at the match would know what to do in an emergency. In Wales, sports stars and Welsh first minister Carwyn Howell Jones joined together to highlight the importance of the day.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) visited four different Restart a Heart events, to ensure we got hands on with life-saving training! We spent a morning with the brilliant students at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for girls, where Honorary Secretary Dr. Andrew Lockey, Courses Manager Isabelle and Communications Officer Emily got involved in demonstrating CPR on manikins and through our virtual reality film in a game, Lifesaver VR.
We were pleased to be joined by the British Heart Foundation and very special guest and former French football international David Ginola at our event. David Ginola survived an out of hospital cardiac arrest in May 2016, and he credits his survival to his friend (footballer Frederic Mendy) immediately recognising the symptoms of cardiac arrest, and delivering bystander CPR.
Meanwhile, over at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the fantastic GOSH resuscitation team were joined by CEO Federico Moscogiuri, Director of Development and Clinical Affairs Sue Hampshire and Content Manager Crystal Govender to help train over 300 primary school students in CPR and other crucial life-saving skills.
Young cardiac arrest survivor Sam Mangoro was on hand to talk to the students about the cardiac arrest he suffered at the age of 16 - and also try his hand at virtual reality game Lifesaver VR.
Resuscitation Council (UK) President Dr. Carl Gwinnutt spent his day teaching CPR to young students at Dartmouth Academy in Devon. This event saw members of the Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club Heart Start Team come together to instruct over 100 pupils from years 9 and 10 on how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.
In the evening, we joined event partners The British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross in UK Parliament to offer CPR training through hands-on demonstrations and virtual reality to MPs and UK Parliament staff.
It was a brilliant day - but we’re not resting just yet. After all, Restart a Heart day 2018 is just around the corner - and we’ve got a new target to beat. Watch this space…