School’s initiative sees hundreds more trained in lifesaving CPR technique

Year 7 students at Bradley Stoke Community School receive instruction in CPR from Post-16 students trained by the British Heart Foundation.

The north Bristol area now has 249 more people trained in life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), thanks to an initiative organised by Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) with support from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Back in April, BSCS successfully completed a bid to become a designated CPR training school and was given over 30 sets of resuscitation training equipment by the BHF. As part of the project, the school took part in a national ‘Mission: CPR’ day on Wednesday 22nd June, training its entire Year 7 year group, along with a sample of Year 10s and Post-16 students, in CPR techniques.

The training was carried out by a small group of Post-16 students, who themselves received instruction from BHF volunteer Katherine Robinson, who lives locally in Bradley Stoke.

Andy Marshall, head of science at BSCS, who organised the training said:

“This was an amazing day, to see so many young people actively being involved in learning CPR and basic life-saving techniques – an absolutely invaluable life skill. Special thanks have to go to Katherine Robinson, a specialist CPR training nurse, and our six awesome Post-16 students who trained all of our students throughout the day and were outstanding ambassadors for our school. Without all of their support, the day would not have been possible. Well done to all involved in this day, you have joined a nation of lifesavers.”

“I believe passionately in teaching all students the basic skills of life support as part of our duty to provide an all-round enriched curriculum and to allow them to be active members of the community. It was an amazing success, managing to train 249 students in one, including the entire year 7 cohort. However this would not have been possible without the support from the British heart Foundation in providing us with all the required equipment and our dedicate team of sixth formers who trained our students, I am so proud of them all”.

Photo: Post-16 student Sam Watts instructs a group of Year 7 students.

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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