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Thousands of Schoolchildren Set to Become Life-savers

09 October 2014

More than 11,800 schoolchildren across Yorkshire will learn life-saving skills on Thursday 16 October 2014 - the biggest event of its kind ever staged in the UK.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has enrolled an impressive 51 of the county’s secondary schools to take part in the mass training event, which is supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Resuscitation Council (UK).

More than 100 life-saving ambulance service staff, along with BHF volunteers, will visit schools and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of European Restart a Heart Day.

The event marks the launch of the BHF’s new quicker and simpler CPR training programme that could lead to thousands more children learning CPR in Yorkshire and across the country. 

The new BHF kits will be used to train children on the day and will leave a legacy at schools across Yorkshire so they can continue to train pupils in the future. The charity’s ambition is to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ in which all children leave school with the skills to save a life in an emergency.

Organiser Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Over 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

“By teaming up with the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign and linking in with the Resuscitation Council’s European Restart a Heart Day we will provide thousands of schoolchildren with the skills needed to help save a life.

“I’m delighted with the phenomenal level of interest we have received from Yorkshire’s schools. And once the day is over we know that, thanks to the British Heart Foundation, the schools will have the necessary kit to continue training their pupils, family and friends for years to come.”

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that people, our loved ones and strangers, have the best chance of survival if they have a cardiac arrest. But far too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic, life-saving CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

“We’re delighted to be working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Resuscitation Council to train nearly 12,000 children in CPR in just one day. We hope this inspires many more communities and schools to follow Yorkshire’s example.

“By helping thousands more people learn CPR today, and millions more in the years to come, we’re determined to radically improve the country’s shockingly low survival rates. We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make the UK a safer place to live.”

Before the event, many of the schools will be preparing for the mass participation training event by playing LIFESAVER (www.life-saver.org.uk) from the Resuscitation Council (UK), a live-action movie which is played like a game and enables the user to save a life.

Dr Andrew Lockey, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax and Honorary Secretary of the Resuscitation Council (UK), said: “The Resuscitation Council (UK) is fully supportive of this impressive initiative of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

“Children of 10 years and above can learn CPR and if more bystanders have the confidence and skills to call 999 and deliver effective CPR until the emergency services arrive, then this will increase the number of people who will survive.

“LIFESAVER is an award-winning revolutionary way to learn CPR.  It is completely free app and can be downloaded onto your computer, phone or tablet. It’s an immersive and enjoyable way to learn how to save a life.”

The schools taking part in the event are:

North Yorkshire
Mowbray School, Bedale
St Augustine's Catholic School, Scarborough
Fyling Hall School, Robin Hood's Bay
Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, York
Risedale Sports and Community College, Catterick Garrison
Wensleydale School and Sixth Form, Leyburn
Sherburn High School, Sherburn in Elmet
Fulford School, York
Eskdale School, Whitby
Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering
Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, Thirsk
Richmond School and Sixth Form College, Richmond
Filey School, Filey
Scalby School, Scarborough
George Pindar School, Scarborough
Rossett School, Harrogate

West Yorkshire
Batley Business and Enterprise College, Batley
Crawshaw Academy, Pudsey, Leeds
Priesthorpe School, Pudsey, Leeds
Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley
Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College
Whitcliffe Mount Business and Enterprise College, Cleckheaton
Cathedral Academy, Wakefield
Wakefield City Academy, Wakefield
The Co-operative Academy of Leeds
Belle Vue Boys' School, Bradford
Bradford Christian School, Bradford
Sowerby Bridge High School, Sowerby Bridge
Shipley College, Saltaire
Carlton Bolling College, Bradford
Westborough High School, Dewsbury
BBG Academy, Birkenshaw
Eternal Light Secondary School, Bradford
Woodkirk Academy, Wakefield
The Priory Centre, Wakefield
Jaamiatul Imaam Muhammad Zakaria, Bradford
The Farnley Academy, Leeds
Tracks School, Shipley, Bradford
The Morley Academy, Leeds

South Yorkshire
High Storrs School, Sheffield
Yewlands Academy, Sheffield
Armthorpe Academy, Doncaster
All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield
Ridgewood School, Doncaster

East Yorkshire
Hessle High School, Hessle
Hornsea School and Language College, Hornsea
St Mary's College, Hull
South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College, Melton, North Ferriby
Newland School for Girls, Hull
Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Hull
The Snaith School, Snaith, Goole

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