Charity of the month for February was the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – the nation’s number one heart charity and one we have supported consistently for a number of years.
This year’s £545 donation has been ear-marked for a new BHF initiative – create a Nation Of Lifesavers.
The project aims to give away special CPR kits to every school, sixth form college and college in the country. Primary schools will receive an Artie Beats Lifesavers publication, specially written for younger children.
The Call Push Rescue (CPR) training kit is designed to teach life-saving skills to students in less than 30 minutes. The re-usable equipment will train 35 pupils per session and are distributed free to eligible institutions who apply for the kit.
Suitable for students aged 12 and over, the kit covers how and when to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult or child, put them in the recovery position and, if necessary, use a public access defibrillator.
A special DVD demonstrates how to perform the techniques while the students practise the moves using inflatable manikins. No instructor is needed as all of the skills are fully demonstrated on the DVD.
Schools and colleges which apply receive a welcome pack, which includes posters, assembly film, lesson frameworks and more, designed to pave the way for the more hands-on sessions.
Michelle Bailey, BHF Fundraising Manager for Greater Manchester, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Gladstone Brooks Ltd for their generous donation. This money will help support our Nation of Lifesavers campaign, where we are providing CPR training kits to schools to educate young people in how to perform this lifesaving technique.
“Currently, one in eight people who suffer from cardiac arrest outside of hospital in the UK will die, versus Finland or Sweden where only one in two people will die. This is because CPR is taught to young people in those countries as part of their national curriculum. By training everyone in lifesaving CPR we hope to radically improve survival rates to help more people go home to their families.”
- The donation to the British Heart Foundation is the second of 2016 and follows on from the £624 we donated to the JustLife charity in January. The nominated charity for March is The Warrington Friday Club for adults with learning disabilities.