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'Restart a Heart' Day On The Yorkshire Coast

'Restart a Heart' Day On The Yorkshire Coast

Published by Karen Liu at 6:02am 16th October 2019.

Pupils at some schools on the Yorkshire Coast will be learning how to perform CPR today.

It is part of Yorkshire Ambulance's Restart a Heart Day campaign.

They will be shown how they might be able to save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service will visit 165 secondary schools to provide CPR training to around 40,000 young people. 

Over the last five years on Restart a Heart Day, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided free CPR training to more than 105,000 youngsters at 72% of the secondary schools across Yorkshire.

The event is only possible thanks to around 800 YAS staff, Community First Responders and partners who give up their own time to deliver the training.

Restart a Heart Day - sponsored by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity - is organised by Yorkshire Ambulance Service in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, which supplies free Call Push Rescue training kits (including manikins and a tutorial DVD) to participating schools as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance and other partners.

Jason Carlyon, Restart a Heart Day Lead for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:

“We have worked really hard over the last six years to raise the profile of the importance of CPR as part of our Restart a Heart campaign so it’s really pleasing to see Yorkshire and the Humber leading the way in this latest research.

What happens in the first few moments of a cardiac arrest before the arrival of the ambulance service is critical and we would encourage members of the public to perform CPR and retrieve the nearest defibrillator to give that patient the best possible chance of survival.

Even if they haven’t had training, our 999 ambulance call-takers can provide instructions over the phone. The worst thing anyone can do is nothing.

Once you've identified someone's collapsed, first of all ring 999 and get the ambulance on the way and then start CPR.

For adults, this is by putting the heel of your hand in the centre of the chest and you need to push hard and fast.

The rate is 100-120 and alot of people use 'Staying Alive' or 'Baby Shark'."

Jason Carlyon has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Andy Lockey, Vice President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Restart a Heart Day Lead said:

“Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by up to 10%.

Training is the biggest factor in the likelihood of intervention - validating the need for as many people as possible to learn the simple skills needed to save a life.

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. In an emergency, CPR can’t wait."

Participating schools:

  • Eskdale School, Whitby
  • Scalby School, Scarborough
  • Scarborough College, Scarborough
  • Scarborough Sixth Form College, Scarborough
  • St Augustine's RC School, Scarborough
  • Woodlands Academy, Scarborough
  • Headlands School, Bridlington


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