Southern Health’s Resuscitation Officer, Hayley Stockford has linked with a number of local schools to provide life-saving skills to more than 2,500 children.
Organised to coincide with today's ‘Restart A Heart’ Day (run by the Resuscitation Council UK), the annual initiative aims to improve the number of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by training more people in life-saving CPR techniques.
Hayley explains: “Across the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10. This fantastic campaign hopes to improve this poor figure by training as many young people as possible to save a life.
"In total we’ll have trained upwards of 2,500 children between the ages of 7 and 16 years old this year – including 1,360 secondary pupils at Horndean Technology College, plus four junior schools and a school for special educational needs.”
Jon Hamer, Subject leader of PSHRE at Horndean Technology College, and Laura May, Educational Healthcare Assistant, previously hosted assemblies on life-saving techniques for students before taking the innovative step of inviting Southern Health into the College to provide hands-on training.
Jon adds: “Southern Health kindly agreed to train all of our 1,360 students across five different Year Group sessions during the course of our school day. This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn important life-saving skills which they’re really keen to do. We’re very proud that, at the end of today, any one of our children could make a difference to someone’s life as a result of their mature and responsible approach to this initiative.”
To find out how you could save a life, visit: www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/restart-a-heart-day