Thousands back BHF campaign to get CPR taught in schools

23 February 2015        

The BHF delivers its CPR petition to Parliament More than 80,000 people across the UK have backed our campaign to get life-saving CPR taught in secondary schools. 

We are calling for CPR to be a mandatory part of secondary education right across the UK and is calling on the UK Government and education authorities to help create a Nation of Lifesavers

The campaign has received overwhelming public support with over 80,000 people across the UK signing up to the petition. 

Taking the fight to Parliament

We delivered the petition to the UK Department of Education today, in a bid to make Education Secretary MP Nicky Morgan take the campaign forward and ensure every young person leaves secondary school in England equipped with the skills they need to help save a life. But with strong support for the campaign in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are calling for authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow suit. 

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly every day simply because people don’t know how to perform CPR. By making sure every young person is taught this life-saving skill, we can help more people survive a cardiac arrest and go home to their families. 

“We urge the governments and education authorities across the UK to act on the public’s clear call and help create a Nation of Lifesavers. By ensuring all school leavers are trained in CPR, we could help save 5,000 lives every year."

More than 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year in the UK, but less than one in ten survive. 

Create a Nation of Lifesavers

We want to dramatically improve survival rates by creating a Nation of Lifesavers and making sure every young person leaves secondary school knowing how to perform CPR. 

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

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