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Thackley Primary School’s ‘Save a Heart Day’ campaign welcomes installation of lifesaving Defibrillator

Thackley Primary School has welcomed the arrival of a new life-saving piece of equipment.

Staff at the school received training to use the automated external defibrillator from Yorkshire Ambulance Service last week.

Head of School, Annette Patterson said:

“We are delighted to launch our school and local community defibrillator. This was paid for through our ‘Save a Heart Day’ fundraising event organised and led by the school.

“We recognised the importance of having a defibrillator in school and were driven to succeed in raising enough money to make it happen. We are thrilled and incredibly proud of our achievements.”

The school was also assisted by donations from the local community and businesses and was keen to get a defibrillator on their premises as they understand how important it is to provide early defibrillation when a person suffers a cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance of survival.

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services said:

“Congratulations to both the staff and pupils and parents and carers at Thackley Primary School who helped to organise and raise funds for this wonderful, life-saving Defibrillator.”

“Not only will the school benefit from having a defibrillator, but also people in the local community and we hope it will save lives.”

Using Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but early use of the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.

The machine could provide lifesaving care for people throughout Thackley and Idle.

Pictured: Headteacher, Trevor Patterson, Head of School, Annette Patterson, Teacher, Kate Bainbridge and Linda Milsom from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Follow Thackley Primary School on Twitter: @ThackleyPrimary

Yorkshire Ambulance Service support ‘Restart a Heart Day’ by offering free CPR training

Bradford Secondary School are being urged to sign-up for free CPR training.

The tuition is being offered by Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) staff and volunteers as part of ‘Restart a Heart Day’.

Youngsters are taught what to do if they come across someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Over the past three years, more than 50,000 pupils at secondary schools across Yorkshire have taken part in the initiative.

Lizzie Jones, widow of tragic Keighley Cougars star Danny, died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015, is an ambassador for the scheme.  Mrs Jones said:

“Restart a Heart Day is an incredible event and I am proud to be a part of something which has the potential to make a difference to so many lives,” she said.

“By teaching our children such a vital skill we are changing the future.

“I would encourage as many schools as possible to take part.”
Restart a Heart Day takes place on October 16, but the closing date for registration is April 7.

 

Pupils will also be invited to participate in a poster competition, with the winner receiving a defibrillator for their school.

YAS says that currently less than one in ten people in the UK survives a cardiac arrest.

In Norway, where CPR is taught in schools, the survival rate is 25 per cent.

“If we achieved the same rate an additional 100 lives a week could be saved,” said Restart a Heart Day organiser Jason Carlyon, clinical development manager with YAS.

“The event is becoming more successful every year and 2016 was the best yet, when we shared our concept with all UK ambulance trusts to support its roll-out nationally.”

To register, visit: restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk

Follow Yorkshire Ambulance Service on Twitter: @YorksAmbulance