CPR marathon to raise funds

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An ambitious 24-hour Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) marathon gets underway today (Fridy).

Staff and volunteers from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) are staging the challenge to raise awareness of the importance of CPR in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

A team of six people will begin non-stop CPR on a training mannequin in the Asda entrance at the Owlcotes Centre in Pudsey at 5pm.

They will also be raising money for the trust’s charitable funds which help to provide public access defibrillators across the region.

Dave Jones, community defibrillation officer at YAS, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and, in the event of a cardiac arrest, effective CPR can make all the difference; lives can be saved and disability reduced. Every second counts.

“The CPR-athon will be physically demanding but if it helps to highlight the importance of learning CPR and generates some valuable funds, it will be worth it.”

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 the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

Mr Jones and Sharron Martin, community defibrillation trainer from YAS, will be joined by community first responders – volunteers who are trained and equipped to provide immediate medical care to patients before an ambulance arrives – Sean Ridley, Sue Bell, Martin Willamson and Amanda Peacock.

Each will take turns to perform five minutes of CPR for a total of 24 hours, completing a total of approximately 172,800 compressions.