Four students from Marshland High School have been teaching parents, fellow pupils, friends and family the skills to help save a life.
Jonathan, Roxanne, Emily and Sam, pictured with Duke of Edinburgh leader Tony Lucas, are working towards their Silver DofEd Award and, for the community part, have chosen to take part in the British Heart Foundation’s HeartStart programme.
The pupils have been trained in Emergency Life Support skills including assessing an unconscious patient and performing CPR.
Armed with their new skills they ran a special HeartStart evening attended by 70 people at the school and taught them what to do in a life-threatening emergency until professional help arrives.
The group is also helping to train students taking part in the Bronze DofE award and will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Rock up in Red’ fundraising day on 1st February 2013.
Tony said: “This is an extraordinary achievement for the young people, which has only been possible with the amazing support of the schools science department staff (who are all BHF Heartstart instructors) and the school senior management team.”
Alex Mayer, British Heart Foundation Fundraising Manager for East Anglia said: “It’s fantastic that students are spreading their knowledge of what to do if someone has a cardiac arrest. If you can do CPR you can buy the time needed for professional help and more than double the chance of the patient’s survival.
“A big thank you to the students for their fundraising efforts too – the money they are raising for the British Heart Foundation for life saving equipment, ground breaking research and patient care will keep more hearts beating in East Anglia.”