More than 4,700 children learn a life-saving lesson

Date: 18 October 2019

Restart a Heart Day 2019 at North Walsham High School

More than 4,700 young people across the east of England have learnt vital life-saving skills after taking part in this year’s Restart a Heart Day.

Staff and volunteers from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) visited more than 50 secondary schools on Wednesday (16 October) to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pupils.

As well as learning how to perform chest compressions, the youngsters were also taught mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by EEAST staff and volunteers.

The lifesaving skills they have picked up could mean the difference between life and death for someone who has had a cardiac arrest, where the chances of survival drop by 10 percent a minute until CPR is started.

Andrew Barlow, EEAST’s Community Response Manager for Norfolk, Waveney and Suffolk, said: “We were delighted to once again play our part in delivering the country’s biggest mass CPR training event. This year has really surpassed our expectations, and has seen thousands more young people given the vital CPR skills they need to help them become the next generation of life-savers.

“Every year, we hear lots of inspirational stories which show how valuable the sessions are and the difference they can make. For example, two teachers from Aylsham High School who helped with the 2018 event went onto use the skills they had learnt to save the life of a lady who had collapsed in the town centre. We hope that this year’s session will have a similar impact by increasing the number of people who survive following a cardiac arrest.


Students from Caister Academy with Chris Lynskey and Andy Mower from EEAST on Restart a Heart Day

“Finally, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the schools and pupils who took part, and to our staff, community first responders and other volunteers who took the time to share their skills and teach the students and teachers. This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without them.”

Restart a Heart Day involves every ambulance service in the UK, the Resuscitation Council, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Photos and posts from the day are available on our Twitter and Instagram feeds (both @EastEnglandAmb).

  • Summary:

    More than 4,700 young people across the east of England have learnt vital life-saving skills after taking part in this year’s Restart a Heart Day.