Young footballers from Norwich City Football Club have learnt how to be life-savers thanks to British Heart Foundation.45 youngsters from the club's academy learnt how to perform CPR at a special training event organised by the British Heart Foundation, which was part of the Nation of Lifesavers campaign which aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.
In the UK, people who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. In order to save more lives, the charity has been rolling-out a quick-and-simple CPR training programme. In just 30 minutes it can equip people with the skills they would need to help in an emergency.
Dawne Hart, Fundraising Manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Too many lives are needlessly lost because people don't have the basic CPR skills to act in a life-threatening emergency.
"When someone has a cardiac arrest their chances of survival decrease with every passing minute. Prompt CPR, together with the use of a defibrillator, can greatly increase a person's chance of survival.
"That's why it's crucial we train people so they can use those skills to help save more lives in the future."
In the UK, there are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests each year. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a person's chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.
Performing CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival in some case.
Gregg Broughton, Academy Manager at Norwich City, said: "We are honoured to be able to help the BHF create a nation of lifesavers.
"CPR is such an important skill. By empowering more people with the know-how to respond in an emergency we hope to have contributed to saving more lives in the future."
The BHF's new Call Push Rescue training programme enables schools, workplaces and community groups to become completely self-sufficient in teaching CPR.
To help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers, or find out how you can teach CPR in your school, workplace or community group visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers.