Tadcaster MP Nigel Adams joined the British Heart Foundation (BHF) campaign to help create a nation of lifesavers this week.
Armed with his own CPR kit, Nigel urged people to join the campaign and spread awareness of the importance of learning the basics of lifesaving CPR and public access defibrillator awareness training.
Nigel said: “There are thousands of cardiac arrests every year and so many could be saved if enough people knew how to perform CPR.
“I think it’s important to get this knowledge out early through the schools and so I’ve written to all secondary schools in my constituency urging the ones who haven’t done so yet, to get involved with the Nation of Lifesavers Campaign and order their free CPR kit.”
It is estimated cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum and The British Heart Foundation says that the Nation of Lifesavers initiative could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK, based on survival rates in countries like Norway (25 per cent) where CPR training is mandatory in schools.
Simon Gillespie, BHF chief executive, said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.
“We’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates and mandatory training in secondary schools will go a long way towards that.
“We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make the UK a safer place to live.”
For more information log on to www.bhf.org.uk/lifesavers