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Lifesaving training is a heartbeat away

In the UK there are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests a year and now, thanks to the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) campaign to create a nation of lifesavers, Hartlepool shoppers are getting the chance to take part in a free CPR training session at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Taking place on Thursday 20 September and starting at 10am, the BHF will be hosting four one-hour courses throughout the day as part of its ‘Heartstart’ programme, whereby customers will be able to learn the vital skills it takes to save a life.

Attendees will learn how to recognise the signs of cardiac arrest as well as performing the ‘Call, Push and Rescue’ (CPR) technique.

Hazel Robinson, Area Retail Stock Generator for BHF and an organiser for the training courses, said: “Less than one in 10 people in the UK survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and every delay reduces a person’s chance of pulling through. The CPR training offers a chance for members of the public to learn how they can do something to help in an emergency. You just never know when this crucial know-how might save someone’s life one day.”

Thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers, the BHF’s Heartstart programme has successfully delivered CPR tuition to four million people at more than 1,500 of these groups across the UK. Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome such an important initiative to the centre and to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to learn essential life-saving skills.

“This is something which I am particularly passionate about,” Mark added. “It is a little known fact that 12 young people a week die from cardiac arrest in the UK and to help improve these survival rates in children across Hartlepool there is a team of us who have set up a fundraising group called Defibs4Hartepool. We work tirelessly to raise money and awareness for more automated external defibrillators (AED’s) to be made available in local primary schools and sports clubs across the area.”

Mark continued: “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. With more courses like this being made available for the local community of any age to take part in, as a society we stand a better chance at improving the current survival rate.”

To book a place on the free course, please call in to the British Heart Foundation Clothing Store at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre or call Barbara Burgon on 01429 868481.