Monday 16th October 2017 saw another Restart a Heart Day completed and what a fantastic day it was! Schools across the UK and Europe took part in this designated day of action which aims to teach vital lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible. This year was its fourth year bringing young people together to learn how to save lives.
This was the second year that the West Midlands Ambulance Service took part and Cardiac Science were proud to sponsor them.
In 2016, the West Midlands Ambulance Service managed to train over 25,000 school children across the region and this year they smashed that number by training 30,047!
An incredible amount of hard work and time went in to planning the event and this continued on the day with sessions being delivered by teams comprising of WMAS staff, Community First Responders, St John, Fire Service and STEM ambassadors. Volunteers from Barclays Bank and ASDA store helped to deliver the training.
In Birmingham & Black Country the team visited over 50 schools and the visits to the rest of the region increased from last year. Each child that took part was issued with a certificate of participation and feedback from the schools has been fantastic.
Susan Wood of Hamstead Hall Academy said “We had a fantastic day and managed to get 308 pupils trained through the day. The paramedics were fantastic with our pupils and the feedback was extremely positive. Our aim is to get all pupils involved in Restart a Heart Day as we feel this is a life skill that all children should have.”
Further praise for the team came from Anne Marie Canavan of St Paul’s School for Girls “We had an excellent day which was wonderfully lead by Ed and Andy. 214 trained in CPR!”
Andy Jeynes, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager, who was one of the organisers said “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed towards this year’s event. Everyone who took part had a great time and most of our volunteers from last year were happy to do it all again. It has been a huge task but well worth the effort. Making young children aware of sudden cardiac arrest and giving them the life skills to potentially save a life is reward in itself.”