Year 8 students from Tadcaster Grammar School recently took part in European Restart A Heart Day 2016, which involved 20,000 children from 106 secondary schools across Yorkshire alone.
The pioneering initiative was developed in Yorkshire by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and is now in its third year.
YAS organised the event in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council and St John Ambulance.
For the first time this year the concept for Restart A Heart Day has been rolled out across ambulance trusts nationally – even as far away as Australia.
YAS is all too aware that the voluntary work they provide for Restart at Heart Day is vital in the quest to save lives.
Those who attended Tadcaster Grammar School to provide free cardiopulmonary resuscitation training included Ian Kendall (commercial and community education trainer, YAS NHS Trust), Julian Hall (Tadcaster community responder) and former student Ross Ferguson, who returned as an emergency care assistant.
Mr Kendall said: “Year 8 Tadcaster Grammar School students gave 100% in the save a life sessions today.
“They should be proud of themselves as they did very well indeed.”
Jeanette Chauda, school health and curriculum support manager at TGS, said: “We are pleased to be involved again in the nationwide school CPR initiative.
“It provides vital knowledge and skills to our Year 8 students and could ultimately help save a life.”