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Restart a Heart campaign creates ‘8500-strong pool of life-savers’ across the region

25 October 2016

Restart A heartSouth East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) inspired local schools and children’s groups to drive forward CPR awareness as part of the Europe-wide initiative Restart a Heart.

The Trust achieved the amazing results of training close to 8,500 children and some adults in 88 locations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

By linking with the Resuscitation Council’s European Restart a Heart Day and the British Heart Foundation, SECAmb provided young people with the skills they need to help save a life. The Trust had aimed to provide the training to some 3000 children but a 74 strong team of volunteers far exceeded these expectations.

During the week 12-18 October, volunteers including Community First Responders, SECAmb staff, as well as colleagues from the fire service delivered the life-saving training. 

More than 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 an ambulance crew, the patient’s chances of survival double.

Today, if someone suffers a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, they sadly have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.

SECAmb’s Volunteer Operations Manager Emma Ray said: “We were delighted to take part in this initiative as a Trust for the first time. We were putting the emphasis on training young people by giving them confidence to act quickly and now they know how to perform CPR they can take this skill with them throughout their life and even encourage others to follow suit.

“It is thanks to everyone who volunteered their time that we have been able to reach out to so many people. The numbers are just incredible and the children embraced their new skills with enormous enthusiasm. I congratulate each and every one of them and I am very proud of their achievements.”

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