Every child, and every adult, has the potential to save a life with CPR. They just need to know how.
We’re busy recruiting schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to register now for an exciting free initiative which will provide thousands of people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex with skills that can save a life.
On Monday 16th October we’re running 30-minute interactive Online CPR Awareness Sessions which will help create thousands of life-savers across the South East. These will be fun, educational and interactive.
A group of our specialist paramedics will host a series of sessions throughout the day, each tailored to a different age groups:
- Children in Key stage 2 (7 to 11 years)
- Secondary school pupils and adults (11 years and over)
- Parents and children
Across the South East, an average of 22 people each day suffer a cardiac arrest out of a hospital. Sadly, the overall survival rate last year for this group of people was around 11%, but bystander CPR can make a critical difference.
KSS Paramedic Ben Paul, who is leading on the initiative, said: “Every child has the potential to save a life, they just need to know how. We hope that lots of schools across Kent, Surrey and Sussex will join our Restart A Heart with KSS Online CPR Awareness Session so that we can help to equip as many children as possible with the confidence and skills to help save a life.”
“It’s quick and easy for schools to sign-up on the KSS website at aakss.org.uk/restart They will be sent a live stream link and a digital information pack, including `I’m a little life-saver’ stickers for participating pupils. Children just need to bring in their favourite cuddly toy into school on the day to practice their new life-saving skills!”
Every school that signs-up will be in with a chance of winning a visit to the KSS airbase to see one of the charity’s helicopters close up and meet crew members. Schools will be sent a pack with blank certificates that teachers can complete for all students who take part.
KSS volunteer Steve Harley, who saved his father Colin’s life in 2021 by giving him CPR, is closely involved in the preparations for Restart a Heart Day.
“I’ve had many different sessions of first aid training and CPR is one of those things that you hope you’ll never have to use. Luckily, I knew what to do when my father had a cardiac arrest.
“These sessions from KSS are a great way of providing youngsters and their parents with the skills that could help them save a life“.
For more information about Restart A Heart with KSS Online CPR Awareness Session and to register, visit aakss.org.uk/restart