Over 120 students in Year 9 took part in Restart a Heart Day today, organised and run by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Over the last five years on Restart a Heart Day we have provided training to more than 105,000 youngsters at 72% of the secondary schools across Yorkshire.

Sponsored by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, the event is organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation and St John Ambulance.

Currently in the UK, less than one (8.6%) in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. If we achieved the same survival rates of countries like Norway (25%), where CPR is taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week – the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.

The Government has recently announced that CPR, defibrillator awareness and basic first aid will be a part of the National Curriculum from 2020. But schools are being encouraged to get ahead of the game and sign up to take part in Restart a Heart Day this year!