Over a thousand new lifesavers on the Island thanks to RSHD

World Restart a Heart Day (RSHD) saw a total of 1074 people taught lifesaving skills on the Island.

Tuesday (October 16), saw 14 Tutors, 12 Volunteer Community First Responders (CFR’s), 17 Fire Service Staff and three IW NHS Trust Support Staff deliver yet another successful RSHD to the Isle of Wight Community.

Louise Walker, head of the ambulance training and community response services, IW NHS Trust said: “I am enormously grateful to all the Tutors and CFR’s who helped to deliver the training sessions, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for accommodating the Tutors and all those who supported us to make this event such an amazing success.

Newport C of E school children learn to save lives

“It really would not have been possible if it wasn’t for everyone working together. The enthusiasm of the school staff and children who participated was wonderful and the public engagement really was quite humbling to see.

“We still have a couple more planned fully booked CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) training sessions to deliver this week and these learner numbers will also be added to final 2018 RSHD figure. This means by the end of the week we will have smashed our 2018 RSHD target of 1000!

“In the event of a cardiac arrest, every second really does count, that’s why it is absolutely vital that the community know how to recognise cardiac arrest, phone for an ambulance and if possible start CPR.

“Thank you so much once again, to all those involved in this year’s RSHD.”