Pupils from Leeds learn to save lives in a heartbeat

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Pupils in Leeds were among thousands who took part in the UK’s biggest ever life-saving skills training event.

Youngsters at around 50 schools learned CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as part of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s project to teach the vital skills to around 11,800 children, on European Restart a Heart Day.

It is hoped that once the young people learn the basic vital skills to potentially save lives, it will stay with them for the future.

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in 2012, is supporting the campaign.

Jason Carlyon, clinical development manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “The event exceeded all of our expectations; it was a huge success thanks to the support of everyone involved. This includes all the off-duty ambulance staff, community first responders and British Heart Foundation volunteers who delivered the training and the schools who signed up to take part in this valuable lesson. The schoolchildren were enthusiastic and excited to be a part of such a huge and important initiative.

“More than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year and 80 per cent of these happen in the home, often in front of loved ones. Less than one in ten people survive, partly because people don’t have the skills or confidence to perform CPR prior to the arrival of an ambulance. We are committed to passing on our life-saving skills to members of the public so that survival rates improve and this event is a prime example of that.”

Schools which took part included Crawshaw Academy, Pudsey; Priesthorpe School, Pudsey; Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley; Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College; Cathedral Academy, Wakefield; The Co-operative Academy of Leeds; Woodkirk Academy; The Farnley Academy and Morley Academy.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to recruit an army of lifesavers in Leeds. Our First Aid For All campaign aims to teach basic first aid skills to 500 readers across the city.

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