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Mum-of-four Backs Campaign to Create a Generation of Life-savers

01 May 2015

A mum-of-four who survived a cardiac arrest thanks to quick-thinking Good Samaritans has applauded the 93 secondary schools who have signed up to receive life-saving training.

Clinical Development Manager and Restart a Heart Day organiser Jason Carlyon with Caroline and Daniel Kimberling and three of their sons, from left, Ben (7), Josh (14) and Tim (12) (Zach is not pictured)

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) staff will visit secondary schools across the county on Friday 16 October 2015 - European Restart a Heart Day - to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to more than 20,000 children in what will be the biggest event of its kind ever seen in the world.

Thirty-seven-year-old Caroline Kimberling knows more than most about the benefits of bystander CPR - and is delighted that so many schools have taken up the invitation of free life-saving training for their pupils.

Caroline, who lives in Poppleton, near York, was with two of her sons, Zach, ten, and Ben, eight, when she went into cardiac arrest while watching the trailers before a children’s film last October.

Zach ran into the lobby of cinema to raise the alarm and Wes Hall, a member of staff trained in first aid, and off-duty nurse Zara Weston rushed to her aid and started resuscitation. When the ambulance crew arrived, they used a defibrillator to provide an electric shock to her heart to restore a natural rhythm.

Caroline was then rushed to York Hospital where she stayed for two weeks. She has since made a full recovery and is now back at work as a teacher at Marton-cum-Grafton Primary School, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire.

She said: “I am delighted to support Restart a Heart Day because I am only alive today because of the CPR I received in October last year when, unexpectedly, my heart went into a fatal rhythm whilst at the cinema with two of my sons.

“The people who saved my life acted bravely and quickly, which meant my four boys still have their mum. And not only that, I have suffered no lasting damage from the fairly significant length of time I spent without breathing and without my heart beating for itself. I can’t ever thank them enough.

“I feel it is incredibly important that as many people as possible learn how to deliver CPR, including schoolchildren. I believe they are every bit as able as adults to deliver CPR. We never know when somebody just may need it, young or old.”

Caroline’s two elder sons, Tim, 12, and Josh, 14, are pupils at Manor Church of England Academy at Nether Poppleton, which has signed up to take part in the YAS event to mark Restart a Heart Day, a Europe-wide initiative spearheaded by the European Resuscitation Council.

Caroline’s husband Daniel, a GP at Gale Farm Surgery in Acomb, added: “The 'chain of survival' that first aiders talk about does not look like a diagram on a flip chart; the result of this learning is not a certificate, it's a Caroline - a wife, mum, teacher, friend who is alive because of someone being prepared to do something. It is incredible that so many schools have signed up to take part in Restart a Heart Day in Yorkshire and will be producing a future generation of potential life-savers.”

YAS held its first mass CPR training event last year as part of Restart a Heart Day when more than 11,000 schoolchildren at 50 schools received CPR training. This year is set to be much bigger. By again linking in with the Resuscitation Council and British Heart Foundation, which provides the equipment as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, we will equip thousands of children with the skills they need to save a life.

Organiser Jason Carlyon, who is a Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, based in North Yorkshire, 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.

“As the case involving Caroline proves, bystander CPR can really make a difference and I’m thrilled that so many secondary schools have agreed to open their doors and let our staff and volunteers pass on their life-saving skills to pupils.”

The participating schools are:

North Yorkshire
The Rubicon Centre, Selby
Fulford School, York
Norton College, Norton
Barlby High School, Selby
Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk
Cundall Manor School, York
Selby High School, Selby
The Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton
Brayton High School, Selby
Malton School, Malton
Tadcaster Grammar School, Tadcaster
Allertonshire School, Northallerton
Eskdale School, Whitby
St Augustine’s Catholic School, Scarborough
St Martin’s Ampleforth, York
Ashville College, Harrogate
Canon Lee School, York
Nidderdale High School, Harrogate
Caedmon College Whitby
Giggleswick School, Settle
Selby College, Selby
The Minster School, York
York College, York
Queen Ethelburgas College, York
Graham School, Scarborough
Manor Church of England Academy, York
Skipton Girls’ High School, Skipton

East Yorkshire
Wyke 6th Form College, Hull
Headlands School, Bridlington
New Life Christian Academy, Hull
Longcroft School, Beverley
St Mary’s College, Hull
East Riding College, Beverley
Beverley Grammar School, Beverley
Oakfield School, Hull
Howden School, Howden
Hull Trinity House Academy, Hull

South Yorkshire
Maple Medical Pupil Referral Unit, Doncaster
All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield
Yewlands Academy, Sheffield
High Storrs School, Sheffield
Hope House School, Barnsley
Dinnington High School, Sheffield
Thomas Rotherham College, Rotherham
Ecclesfield School, Sheffield
South Axholme Academy, Doncaster
Oak Tree High School, Sheffield
Meadowhead School, Sheffield
Newfield School, Sheffield
Hall Cross Academy, Doncaster
Stocksbridge High School, Sheffield
Horizon Community College, Barnsley
Holgate Meadows Community School, Sheffield
Campsmount Academy, Doncaster
Saint Pius X Catholic High School, Rotherham
Barnsley Academy, Barnsley
Brinsworth Comprehensive School, Rotherham
Darton College, Barnsley
Ash Hill Academy, Doncaster
Balby Carr Community Academy, Doncaster
Hungerhill School, Doncaster
Stone Hill School, Doncaster
King James’s School, Huddersfield

West Yorkshire
Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield
Holy Family Catholic School, Keighley
Edgerton College, Huddersfield
Dixons City Academy, Bradford
Netherhall Learning Campus, Huddersfield
Kirkburton Middle School, Huddersfield
Spen Valley High School, Liversedge
Greenhead College, Huddersfield
Ethos College, Huddersfield
Scissett Middle School, Huddersfield
Carlton Bolling College, Bradford
Shelley College, Huddersfield
Wakefield City Academy, Wakefield
Madni Muslim Girls’ High School, Dewsbury
Crossley Health School, Halifax
Minsthorpe Community College, Pontefract
Olive Secondary School, Bradford
All Saints Catholic College, Huddersfield
Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
Denby Grange School, Wakefield
Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College, Bradford
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
TRACKS, Saltaire
Silcoates School, Wakefield
De Lacy Academy, Knottingley
Appleton Academy, Bradford
Parkside School, Bradford
The King’s School, Pontefract
David Young Community Academy, Leeds
Wakefield Girls’ High School, Wakefield

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