Life-saving petition launched

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People in the North West believe children should be taught CPR in schools, according to new research by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The charity polled over 2,000 people and found that 83 per cent of people in the North West thought that children should leave secondary school knowing the life-saving skill.

More than 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, but less than one-in-ten survive - partly because people don’t have the skills or confidence to perform CPR.

Survival rates in the UK are lower than other countries. In parts of Norway, where children learn CPR in schools, up to 25 per cent of people survive a cardiac arrest.

To improve survival rates, the BHF is calling on people in the North West to visit their local BHF shop to sign a petition urging the Government to ensure all children are taught CPR in school.

Debbie Boylen, regional manager of the BHF said: “Lives are lost every day because people do not have the skills to act in a life-threatening situation.

“We believe that every child should leave school knowing how to perform CPR. That’s why we need people to go into their local shop, sign the petition, and help create a nation of lifesavers.

“Children learn many lessons in school but what is more important than knowing how to save a life?”

People can sign the petition by going into their local shop and asking a member of staff. To find your local BHF shop go to bhf.org.uk/map or call 0800 915 7000.