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2018 Restart a Heart Campaign Launched

London, UK - The fifth annual Restart a Heart campaign is set to unite organisations across the UK and the world as they join together to train as many people as possible in life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR.)

On and around Tuesday 16 October 2018, events will be hosted in schools, community centres, hospitals and emergency service stations to train people in essential skills to become the lifesavers of the future. In the United Kingdom, these events will aim to train a record-breaking 200,000 people with the skills and confidence to help save a life.

In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospital where the emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim. [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.

Restart a Heart is 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 will take part in the event, along with private training providers.

This year they will be joined by the member organisations of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), made up by the American Heart Association, the European Resuscitation Council, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa, InterAmerican Heart Foundation, and the Resuscitation Council of Asia.

To find out more about this year’s event and get involved in ensuring more people learn crucial skills to improve cardiac arrest survival chances, please visit


Dr Andrew Lockey, World Restart a Heart Co-Lead and Honorary Secretary at the Resuscitation Council (UK), said:

“We are determined to increase the number of potential lifesavers across the UK and the world, and increase survival rates from cardiac arrests as a result. We are aware of lives that have already been saved as a result of this initiative, and the potential for more lives to be saved will accumulate over the years.”

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

“This year’s Restart a Heart campaign will be bigger than ever. We are aiming to train over 200,000 people, both face-to-face and online through our free Lifesaver app, which can be downloaded

CPR is an important skill which anyone can learn, and which everyone will carry with them throughout their lives. The Restart a Heart campaign builds the skills and confidence of the lifesavers of today, and tomorrow.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“Survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK are shockingly low, with less than one in ten people surviving. Not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform CPR and sadly this is costing thousands of lives every year.

“A cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency and the worst thing you can do is nothing. CPR really can mean the difference between life and death so we need to ensure that many more people are trained in CPR.

“The British Heart Foundation is committed to creating a nation of life savers. Since 2014, 4 million people across the UK have been trained in CPR with the BHF and we offer free CPR kits to secondary schools. It doesn’t stop there though. We want everyone to know how to save a life. We are continually looking for new ways to show the public that stepping in and doing something is far better than doing nothing.”

Mel Fox, director of training, St John Ambulance said:  

“We are delighted that October 16th will see a further 200,000 people join a growing army of life savers in the UK. Our charity is dedicated to teaching first aid skills such as CPR to as many people as possible, but especially to young people; which is why we are campaigning to make it compulsory for first aid to be taught in schools.  Many children carry the skills they learn at school with them through life, so it's not just about preparing them to help people in an emergency today, but in future too."

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross said:

“We all hope that someone would be able to help us in an emergency, but research from the British Red Cross shows that few people feel they have the skills and confidence to act in some of the most serious first aid situations.

The actions of the first person on the scene are vital. In the same way that everybody knows to call 999 when someone is unresponsive and not breathing, we need to make sure that people have the skills to act before the ambulance arrives.

The British Red Cross is part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, providing first aid education around the world. We believe that everyone should know simple yet live-saving skills, starting at school, with opportunities to learn throughout their lives. They could make all the difference.”

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

We are delighted to be supporting Restart a Heart Day once again in 2018 as we have since 2014. Last year saw us teaching vital, lifesaving skills to 6,000 young people at over 80 events across Greater Manchester. We shall work closely with our North West Ambulance Service partners and other Fire and Rescue Services from across the region. We will also be using the National Fire Chiefs Council as a platform to encourage participation from other Fire and Rescue Services across the country.

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

“This year will be our fifth annual Restart a Heart Day when we hope to smash the milestone of teaching CPR to more than 100,000 youngsters since 2014. We are delighted to support the roll-out of the life-saving training event to organisations across the world, ensuring that even more youngsters learn this vital skill.”




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[1] We Fight for every Heartbeat, Our Strategy to 2020, British Heart Foundation, 2014

[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.

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.  

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