The Restart a Heart campaign is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance Service which aims to improve the very low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Each year, the organisations work with all the UK Ambulance Services, as well as private trainers across the United Kingdom to host events and train as many people as possible in crucial life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Schools, community centres, hospitals and emergency service stations host events across the UK to provide more trained bystanders to improve nationwide chances for survival.
2017 saw a record number of people trained in life-saving CPR for the fourth annual European Restart a Heart day (16 October 2017) with 195,000 young people instructed in essential skills to become the lifesavers of the future.
Being shortlisted for this award is a wonderful recognition of the dedication and determination of all the organisations, trainers, volunteers and participants in last year’s campaign - as well as excellent motivation as we look to launch this year’s Restart a Heart Campaign.