The MP for Barnsley East, Michael Dugher, has written to secondary schools in his constituency encouraging them to register for one of the British Heart Foundation’s free Call Push Rescue training kits.
It is estimated that more than 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80 per cent of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones. Sadly fewer than one in ten people survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
BHF’s free training kit provides everything needed for a school to get up and running with CPR training. It covers how and when to perform CPR on an adult or child, put someone in the recovery position and use a public access defibrillator. Mr Dugher met with the BHF recently to see the Call Push Rescue Kits in action and refresh his CPR skills.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for schools in Barnsley get hold of one of the BHF’s excellent Call Push Rescue Kits free of charge. CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.
“With fewer than one in ten people surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest, it’s important to raise awareness and encourage more people learn CPR.”