Year 7 learn to Restart a Heart

Throughout the day on Monday 16th October, around 150 Year 7 students at Withernsea High School were taught valuable life-saving skills as part of Restart a Heart Day - an annual initiative to train young people in CPR.

Led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation, in conjunction with the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Restart a Heart Day aims to ensure as many children as possible are equipped with knowledge that may one day help them to save a life.

At present, people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have a less than one in ten chance of survival. The organisations behind Restart a Heart Day hope to improve that statistic.

Paramedics David Addison and Julia Welburn, along with emergency medical technician Lynn Leach, assisted the students in an interactive digital training session which was primarily delivered by DVD. Using individual ‘Resusci Anne’ models, students followed on-screen instructions from the DVD to practice their skills on the models provided. This method of training proved to be fast, easy and effective and was very popular with both staff and students.

Following the success of this year’s session, which was Withernsea High’s first involvement in the campaign, Restart a Heart Day looks set to become an annual fixture in the calendar for our Year 7 students. The decision to focus on the school’s youngest cohort was made with a view of them carrying these skills through school and beyond - meaning that in just five years’ time, every student in school (Years 7 to 11) will have received this valuable training.

Media Coordinator Tim Nuttall commented: ‘Monday’s training session was of great value to our students. They handled it with maturity and confidence and were a credit to both themselves and the school. We are grateful to Dave, Julia and Lynn for their time and we look forward to participating in this national campaign on an annual basis.’