Lessons in Life Saving will help Schools Save Lives

Restart a Heart Day

We have launched a ground-breaking campaign to get as many secondary schools in the North West to sign up for a lesson in lifesaving on Restart a Heart Day 2016.

The ‘Schools Save Lives’ campaign aims to get every secondary school in the North West to sign up for the country’s biggest ever CPR training event on Restart a Heart Day which will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Restart a Heart Day is spearheaded by Resuscitation Council UK – a professional body that aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates - which has set ambulance services a target of training over 100,000 people in the UK in basic life support skills in one day (Tuesday 18 October 2016).

Staff and volunteers from NWAS, St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and other partners will give up their own time to provide free lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training on the day, with the aim being to achieve the national target in the North West alone.

Currently in the UK, where there is no basic life support training on the national curriculum, less than one in ten people (8.6%) survive a cardiac arrest. In places such as Norway, where CPR is taught in schools, survival rates are 25%. If this was achieved in the UK, an additional 5,000 lives could be saved each year.