Resuscitation Council (UK)

Press release

Restart a Heart 2017 sees 195,000 young people trained in life-saving CPR

London, UK - A record number of people have been trained in life-saving CPR for the fourth annual European Restart a Heart day (16 October 2017). Events all across the UK saw 195,000 young people instructed in essential skills to become the lifesavers of the future.

Restart a Heart day was organised in partnership by the Resuscitation Council (UK), The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Every UK Ambulance service took part in the event and, for the first time, private training providers also participated. In addition, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine celebrated the 50th anniversary of its specialty by organising a mass CPR-training event also under the banner of Restart a Heart.  

Around 60,000 people in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. [1] Less than 10% of these people will survive. [2] If CPR is started early, it can double the person’s chances of survival. [3] The more people educated in crucial life-saving techniques, the more people will survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the future.

Schools, community centres, hospitals and emergency service stations hosted events across the UK to provide more trained bystanders to improve nationwide chances for survival. Many events included cardiac arrest survivors and celebrities - including cardiac arrest survivor and ex-France international footballer David Ginola who attended a Restart a Heart day event at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls.

Federico Moscogiuri, Chief Executive Officer at the Resuscitation Council (UK), said:

“This year’s Restart a Heart Day was a great success. It will have been a rewarding and hopefully inspirational day particularly for many thousands of young people across the country, who are the lifesavers of today and tomorrow. The Resuscitation Council (UK) is proud to have played a leading role in this important event alongside our partner organisations, and we look forward to training even more people in essential life-saving skills next year.”

“We also had a further 19,000 people join in online and learn CPR by playing Lifesaver - our interactive, online game-in-a-film, which now also has a BAFTA-nominated virtual reality version. Both versions can be accessed and downloaded at .”

Judy O’Sullivan, Director of Survival at the British Heart Foundation, said: 

"We are thrilled with the success of Restart a Heart Day, which has seen a record number of young people across the UK trained in skills which could one day help them save a life. Out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates have remained stubbornly low in the UK for far too long, with fewer than 1 in 10 surviving. Training young people in CPR could help to save as many as 5,000 lives every year in the UK.

"Since the BHF launched its Nation of Lifesavers campaign in 2014, over 3 million people have been trained in vital CPR skills. We believe that every schoolchild should be given the opportunity to learn CPR, so that they have the skills and knowledge to save a life."

Mel Fox, Director of Training at St John Ambulance, said:

“It is encouraging to see that so many schools participated this year and now thousands of children have these life saving skills.  There is clearly an appetite for learning first aid in schools, as we saw recently with the high number of schools that took part in our Big First Aid Lesson. These are small, but important steps to achieving our ultimate goal of making sure every child has the chance to learn first aid before they leave school.”

Joe Mulligan, Head of First Aid Education at The British Red Cross, said:

“Thanks to the success of Restart A Heart Day, so many more young people will be equipped with the skills to help in a first aid emergency. Learning first aid helps to increase confidence levels and we believe it’s a life skill everyone should have.

The British Red Cross would like everyone to have the opportunity to learn first aid throughout their lives, starting at school, so that a generation of people can be equipped with the skills they need to help in an emergency.”

Jim Bridge, Station Manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: 

“This is only the third year we have taken part in Restart a Heart Day and it was our most successful yet. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) staff and volunteers gave CPR instruction to over 5,000 young people, in over 70 schools across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS, Trust said: 

“This was undoubtedly our most successful Restart a Heart Day with more than 25,000 youngsters receiving CPR training in Yorkshire alone. It’s fantastic to see the event becoming a firm fixture on calendars nationally and we were delighted to support the roll-out of the training event to all ambulance trusts in Australia and New Zealand for the first time this year, ensuring that thousands more youngsters learned this vital skill across the globe.”



Editor’s Notes


[1] Ambulance Service Association, National Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Project, 2006

[2] BHF analysis of OHCA figures where available

[3] Resuscitation to Recovery, 2017

The Resuscitation Council (UK)

The Resuscitation Council (UK) is a UK-wide charity whose purpose is to Save Lives.

We are the expert organisation that is dedicated to saving lives through effective, appropriate resuscitation. We are the experts in resuscitation. We enable people to save lives through resuscitation.

We operate across all age groups, from newborns to older adults, across all health and care settings and with all stakeholders in emergency care and resuscitation, including health professionals, policymakers, patient and public partners and charity and industry partners.

For more information about the Resuscitation Council (UK) and what we do, please visit 

British Heart Foundation

For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against cardiovascular disease. But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives. For more information visit

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Every year, 400,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people. Our volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. We’re also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.

First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact. We want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services outside London with over 2,100 members of staff and 41 fire stations. We cover an area of approximately 500 square miles and a culturally diverse population of 2.5 million people.

Our vision is to make Greater Manchester a safer place by being a modern, community focused and influential Fire and Rescue Service. For more information about Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service, please visit

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The Trust has provided CPR training to more than 76,000 secondary school pupils across Yorkshire on Restart a Heart Day since 2014. The organisation’s award-winning concept was subsequently adopted by all ambulance services in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  

Press Contact: Emily Pulham, Communications Officer, Resuscitation Council (UK) 07506374945 :
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