100 recruits join Nation of Lifesavers

BHF_CPR_Film_2THERE are more than 100 new lifesavers in Warrington after Priestley College teamed up with the British Heart Foundation.

Tutors signed up to Mission CPR, which is looking to build a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ over the next five years.

Professional Studies Tutor Paul Mackinnon said: “The driving force of the campaign is to ensure all young people are armed with the skills to save a life.

“We thought it was a worthy cause and that it was important as many students as want to have the ability to cope in an emergency.”

More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK each year. Less than one in 10 of these people survive.

The British Heart Foundation says that is 30,000 opportunities to help save a life.

Priestley student Salman Rahman-Ali, a former pupil of Sir Thomas Boteler, said: “I found that it was really important to learn CPR because it showed me how to act in a drastic situation and it also made me realise anyone is capable of saving a life.”

Priestley now has a number of life-saver kits and intends to continue training students.

Former Bridgwater High School pupil Joseph Adawee described having knowledge of CPR as a ‘priceless skill’.

“I now have the knowledge and understanding on how to possibly save a life and can also pass on what I have learnt to other people,” he said.