Plans for Restart a Heart Day 2017 Our people, along with nurses, fire fighters and other volunteers will provide free life-saving CPR and defibrillator training to young people in secondary schools in the North West on Restart a Heart Day 2017. Building on the success of Restart a Heart Day 2016, which saw more than 16,500 students in the North West, and 150,000 nationally, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills, the event will be repeated this year with a national training target of 200,000 students. Cardiac arrest is the most extreme emergency and happens when the heart stops beating in a normal way, preventing blood from pumping around the body. 80% of out of hospital cases happen in the home. Anyone can attempt CPR, but the lack of training means that people rarely have the confidence to do so. Only 30% of people who witness a cardiac arrest at home or in a public place will attempt CPR. Knowing what to do in an extreme emergency situation cannot be underestimated. CPR skills are so simple to learn and they absolutely do save lives. We are targeting secondary schools because children pick up new skills with ease and can take them into adult life. Our teams will deliver the lifesaving lessons on either Friday 13 October 2017 or Monday 16 October 2017. Please encourage schools in your area to create the next generation of lifesavers by registering before 21 July at www.nwas.nhs.uk/schools. During the summer we will be appealing for volunteers from partner organisations to help deliver the sessions. Please keep an eye on our website!