Shoppers learn life-saving skills

31 October 2016
Shoppers hold CPR certificates

Nearly 70 people – from young children to pensioners – stopped for the free, hands on training in High Chelmer Shopping Centre.

The training included practical life-saving skills using the clinical ‘Annie’ dummies, advice on what happens after a 999 call is made and more information on cardiac care.

Ten year old Finlay Wallbanks of Willingale in Essex took part in the training.

I really enjoyed learning about CPR as it’s good to know how to help people who are in trouble. I am doing a presentation at school with my friends to get Essex & Herts Air Ambulance to be our Charity for the Year, so it was really cool to meet the team in person.” Finlay

Finlay learns CPR

Finlay was ever so excited to see Essex Air Ambulance in Chelmsford and went straight up to the volunteers on duty and introduced himself and explained what he was doing at school. For me, it was great to have a refresher on CPR as it’s been a few years since I last did the training and things do change. It’s a bit simpler now and I’d highly recommend everyone to get some training when they get a chance.  Who knows, it might just save the life of a loved one.” Finlay’s dad, Jeff Banks

The CPRathon was held as part of National Air Ambulance Week (19-25 September), which gives local air ambulance charities a national united voice, promoting the hard work of the service throughout the year.

The roadshow aimed to raise awareness of the importance of learning life-saving CPR skills and was part of a wider initiative of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, supported by the East of England Ambulance Service.

Our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) team tell us that just three minutes can be the difference between life and death, but bystander CPR can double someone’s survival rate, so it’s such a vital skill to learn.” Jen Wall, Event & Volunteer Manager at EHAAT

CPR facts:

  • when a heart stops beating, just three minutes can be the difference between life and death
  • fewer than one in five people with a survivable cardiac arrest receive the life-saving intervention they need
  • bystander CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can double the survival rate of a cardiac arrest patient

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