Nationwide Building Society branch manager saves a young man's life thanks to CPR training

17 October 2016        

Category: Fundraising

woman smiling A Nationwide Building Society branch manager from Motherwell saved a young man’s life by performing life saving CPR just months after being trained through our charity partnership with the company. 

Nationwide Building Society became a BHF corporate partner in August this year. The organisation aims to create 35,000 potential lifesavers by rolling out CPR training to employees and local communities across the UK, as well as funding CPR kits for 226 schools across the country.

Gayle’s story

Motherwell-based Gayle Wiseman, 40, who has been the manager of Nationwide Building Society’s Motherwell branch for 11 years, was spurred on to complete the BHF’s 30 minute Call Push Rescue training session after her husband’s best friend died aged 25, after a failed heart transplant in 2003.

On August 25, Gayle put her new skills in to action when a young man suffered a cardiac arrest right outside the branch. Thanks to Gayle performing CPR, he was taken to hospital and has now made a full recovery.

Gayle explains: “It was just a normal day at work when my colleague ran into the branch to say a man had collapsed outside our front door. I rushed to the scene and that’s when I saw he wasn’t breathing. I went into autopilot and started CPR. 

“After five minutes or so, but what seemed like hours, his chest started to rise and by the time a paramedic arrived, he was fully conscious. He couldn’t have been any older than 30 and when I went back to the branch, I was pleased but in complete shock.

“If I hadn’t been trained through Nationwide’s partnership with the BHF, I would have been part of the crowd just standing there. I’m now helping Nationwide make sure even more staff are trained in CPR and we have so far turned 2,500 fellow colleagues across the Society into potential lifesavers.”

Stephen Uden, Head of Citizenship at Nationwide Building Society, adds: “We’re delighted that we can support the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign by getting our people, like Gayle, involved across the UK. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any age, and by training our employees and communities with the valuable skills of CPR, this will help create awareness and save even more lives.” 

Restart a Heart Day

On Restart a Heart Day, 18 October, the BHF is encouraging everyone to help us build a Nation of Lifesavers and learn the skills they need to save a life.

Nationwide Building Society employees, including Gayle, are championing this annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and supported by the us and other organisations, which aims to improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests