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CPR Hero 2018

On Tuesday 16th October 2018, The British Heart foundation celebrated their “Restart a Heart Day 2018”.  Without CPR the chances of surviving cardiac arrest are zero.  Across the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10.  Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.

Prior to this, on Monday 15th October, we welcomed staff from The British Heart Foundation to join Year 10 and 12 students receive CPR training in one of Michele Smith’s Health & Social Care lessons.

On 5th October, Mrs Smith was awarded with the “CPR Hero 2018” award by the British Heart Foundation, after she saved her husband’s life by performing CPR when he had a cardiac arrest due to a heart condition.  Mrs Smith’s husband was also in school for the CPR lesson.

This is a topic close to Mrs Smith’s heart, no pun intended, so when she was approached by the BHF to help with publicity, we thought that this was a great opportunity to promote the importance in school too.  CPR is covered in other areas, such as on PD Days, but this was a great opportunity to get the message out and coincide with this year’s “Restart a Heart” campaign.

Congratulations and best wishes to both Mrs and Mr Smith.

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