Children’s big lesson in how to save a life

Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Paul Stevens demonstrates CPR to Caitlin Dunford at Ossett Academy.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Paul Stevens demonstrates CPR to Caitlin Dunford at Ossett Academy.
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Thousands of school children across Yorkshire have been given a special lesson in lifesaving.

More than 11,800 youngsters in schools across the county, including Leeds and Wakefield, have taken part in a mass training event to learn CPR.

The sessions, which have been supported by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, British Heart Foundation and the Resuscitation Council, mark Restart a Heart Day.

Figures reveal more than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside hospital every year.

But 61 per cent of people do not have the skills or confidence to perform CPR which could double a person’s chance of survival, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Organiser Jason Carlyon from Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “Over 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 the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.”

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.

More than 400 lifesavers have been given special first aid training with the charity.

And today we are calling on even more YEP readers to show their support and help us add to our first aid army.

LESSONS IN LIFESAVING

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills.

To book ring 01924 262 726, choose option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses will be at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on October 29; November 10, 20 and 28.

They will also be at St John Ambulance, Gay Lane, Otley, on October 25, November 19 and December 20.

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