Students learn how to save a life as part of ‘Restart a Heart Day’

Students at Warrington Collegiate were among more than 20,000 students nationwide who were taught one of the most important lessons they will ever receive, as part of a national initiative aimed at saving lives.

More than 130 students from the Winwick Road campus took part in Restart a Heart Day on Tuesday, an event which saw St John Ambulance train them in CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Chris Goddard, from St John Ambulance, spent the day with students from Aviation, Catering Sport, Health & Social Care, Construction and Childcare.

“You never know when you will need these skills and being able to perform CPR will give that person a chance of survival,” said Chris.

“If they are unfortunate to find someone who has suffered cardiac arrest, these students will now know what they need to do – they can make a difference.”

Students were taught how to spot the signs of cardiac arrest and the importance of staying calm.

Among the students taking part in the exercise was Amber Harding.

She said: “I’m studying Sports & Exercise Science so learning how to perform CPR will be really useful, especially at games, as you never know when you will need to use it.”

More than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK each year. The British Heart Foundation hopes the training provided during Restart a Heart Day could help save 100 extra lives a week.