Lifesaving lesson on offer for secondary schools in South Yorkshire

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is inviting secondary schools across the county to sign up for a free life-saving lesson.

Following on from the success of Restart a Heart Day 2014 and 2015, when more than 31,000 youngsters at 137 secondary schools received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, the event will be repeated again this year on Tuesday, October 18.

Hundreds of ambulance staff and volunteers will be available on the day to teach youngsters what to do if they come across someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

All pupils taking part will be invited to enter a poster competition to win a defibrillator for their school.

Organiser Jason Carlyon, resuscitation manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Restart a Heart Day is becoming a well-established date on Yorkshire’s calendar as a time when thousands of youngsters learn how to save the life of a loved one or a stranger who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

“Many people don’t realise that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest in front of a bystander, who immediately starts CPR before the arrival of the ambulance service, their chances of survival double.

Visit www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk to register.