ALMOST 140 people were trained in CPR during special sessions at Redditch’s Kingfisher Centre as part of Restart a Heart Day.
The sessions were organised by Rob and Maggie Underwood from Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation.
The pair said they had received a fantastic reaction from people, including some who had experienced cardiac arrest through family members.
Rob said: “It was a great number of people to train up in one day.
“At least it is another 137 people that can potentially help to save a life.
“To us that is an amazing day.
“Everyone who came down wanted to learn something even if it is a small piece of information to take away.
“When someone has a cardiac arrest, doing nothing is not an option and that’s the message we want to get across.
“You need to do something.”
Rob said it was fantastic that there were more and more accessible defibrillators across Bromsgrove and Redditch but people needed to learn the life-saving skills and CPR to keep the patient alive until the defibrillator arrived and the ambulance service got there.
It was then about getting them to hospital where there would be a range of equipment, experts and cardiologists.
This was the third year in a row Rob and Maggie had taken part in Restart a Heart Day.
Halfway through the day Rob took to The Standard’s social media with this Facebook Live video to explain what was going on and why important it was –
It's Restart a Heart Day. Rob and Maggie Underwood from Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation are in the Kingfisher Centre today teaching vital life-saving skills. Here's a message from Rob about what they're doing –
Posted by Redditch Standard on Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Last year they taught CPR to every child at Tenacres First School in Redditch which epitomises part of their campaigning.
Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation wants life-saving skills put on the National Curriculum and also wants it made law for every building to have a defibrillator in the same way they have to have fire extinguishers.
“At the end of day, it’s all of our responsibility to learn life-saving skills and be there when we’re needed to save each other.”
The pair are also planning to hold another session soon with the valued support of the Kingfisher Centre.
For more on Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation, check out the Facebook page, visit www.ccshf.org.uk or call 07794 637073.