With the help of Fabrice Muamba, we handed in
our petition to Downing Street, signed by over 100,000 people
calling for life-saving skills to be taught in all schools in
England. Petitions have also been handed in across the rest of
The UK Government disappointingly missed
an opportunity to make life-saving
skills a mandatory part of the curriculum in England following
a consultation which hundreds of our campaigners took part in.
Last November MPs debated the issue in
Parliament with the majority supporting the motion to
teach all children life-saving skills and raising this issue with
Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss. We also gained
backing from some key MPs not to mention the thousands of
supporters who signed the petition and contacted or met
with their local MP.
We'll continue to fight for these vital skills to be taught to
The fight across the UK
In Northern Ireland we had some great news.
Since handing in the petition and hundreds of emails being sent to
MLAs, the Health Minister announced the development of a
community resuscitation strategy. This will aim to increase the
number of people surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
and includes a commitment to creating greater
coverage of training for life-saving skills in
communities, schools and workplaces throughout Northern
In Scotland, as a result of the campaign, the
Government has awarded BHF Scotland a fund of
£110,000. The money will be used to develop
sustainable models to increase provision of ELS
training in secondary schools by working with a designated number
of local authorities. This is a great
achivement for us and will help move us closer
to seeing every child leaving school knowing how to save a
In Wales we're still pushing the issue with
Asssembly Members and encouraging them to ensure all
children are taught life-saving skills.
Don't forget, we rely on your generous
donations to help train young people in life-saving
The campaign so far
We collected more than 100,000
signatures on our ELS petition. Thousands of you have been emailing
your local politicians and helping us put pressure
on decision-makers to ensure all children know how to save a
Working with our Heartstart schools,
we've arranged for several politicians to
visit schools in their constituencies. They've witnessed ELS
training in action and seen how effective and easy it can be
to learn these vital skills. Ed Miliband MP and
Nick Clegg MP are just some of the high profile
visitors to our Heartstart schools.
The Sun decided to back our campaign calling for young
people to be taught Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills in school,
after footballer Fabrice Muamba, who's also supporting the
campaign, received CPR when he collapsed during a match.
We hope that the announcement in Northern Ireland about the
development of a
resuscitation strategy and Scotland's commitment to
increase provision of ELS in secondary schools will inspire
other governments to follow suit and save more lives.
What is ELS?
When someone is having a heart attack, has serious
bleeding, choking, is unconscious or in cardiac arrest,
knowing what to do to help keep them alive until professional help
arrives can give their chances of survival a significant boost. The
skills you need for this are called Emergency Life
Support skills, or ELS.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), taught in schools as part
of ELS, might double a casualty’s chances of survival
from a cardiac arrest.
What are we asking for?
- In England, we're fighting for ELS skills to
be a mandatory part of the Curriculum.
- In Scotland, we believe ELS skills should be
taught in every school as part of the Curriculum for
- In Wales, we want to see ELS skills taught in
every school as a compulsory part of PSE (Personal and Social
- And in Northern Ireland we believe further
investment aimed at raising awareness of, and access to, ELS skills
in schools, workplaces and communities will help save lives.