EEAST urges secondary schools to sign up for a lifesaving lesson as part of Restart a Heart Day 2019

Date: 03 March 2019

Last year, more than 200,000 children and young people across the country learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Restart a Heart Day. 

This year Restart a Heart Day will be taking place on Wednesday, 16th October and the East of England Ambulance Service hopes to make it even bigger and better than last year.

About 30,000 people go into cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest drop 10% a minute if CPR is not started and survival rates are less than one in 10.

In some countries that already teach CPR in schools, cardiac arrest survival rates are more than double those of the UK. This is why all children in England will be taught CPR in secondary schools as part of the curriculum by 2020.

Andrew Barlow, Community Collaboration Manager at EEAST, said: “Every year we take part in the country’s biggest mass CPR training event and we’re very proud to be continuing to do our part as this event goes global.   We want to visit as many schools as possible so that we can teach this important and live-saving skill to as many people as we can.

"It only takes a minute to fill out the application form to get involved, which helps to equip the next generation of lifesavers with the vital CPR skills.”

Teachers are being urged to apply as soon as possible so our amazing staff and volunteers can visit their school and teach lifesaving skills to students.

School's wanting to sign up should complete our sign up form here.

  • Summary:

    Secondary schools in east of England urged to sign up for lifesaving lesson.