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24-hour CPR Relay Challenge

24 September 2010

In a bid to raise awareness of the importance of CPR in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, staff and volunteers from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are gearing up for a 24-hour Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) relay challenge. 

A team of six will commence non-stop CPR on a training mannequin in the ASDA entrance at the Owlcotes Centre in Pudsey at 5pm on Friday 24 September and hope to raise donations for the British Heart Foundation and the ambulance service’s Charitable Fund.

More than 260,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of whom die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest as the heart is starved of oxygen. CPR can help keep oxygenated blood circulating in the body, which can help prevent brain and organ damage and even death.

Dave Jones, Neil Kirk, Matthew Lomas and Ian Cook from Yorkshire Ambulance Service work to coordinate groups of community-based volunteers who are trained and equipped to provide immediate medical care to patients in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. April Ratcliffe and Andy Clark, two of these volunteers, will join them to make up the team of six.  

Each will take turns to perform ten minutes of CPR for a total of 24-hours, a relay which will prove to be physically demanding.

Dave Jones (pictured right), Community Defibrillation Trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and, in the event of a cardiac arrest, effective CPR can make all the difference; lives can be saved and disability reduced.                                               

“The relay will be hard but, if it helps to highlight the importance of learning CPR and generates some valuable funds, it will be worth it!” 

Please lend your support to the team by going along to see them in action in the foyer of ASDA at the Owlcotes Centre between 5pm on Friday 24 September and 5pm on Saturday 25 September 2010.

The team will have donation buckets with them and will be on hand to talk to members of the public about CPR and basic life support. People can also make donations by visiting the team’s Just Giving site: www.justgiving.com/every-second-counts

For further information, or to organise an interview before or during the event, contact Dave Jones, email: david.jones@yas.nhs.uk or tel: 07917 053604

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