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Learn free life-saving skills with St John Ambulance for Restart a Heart

St John Ambulance volunteers in Frome are giving a free demonstration of life-saving skills as part of the Restart a Heart campaign this October.

While Restart a Heart Day is on Tuesday 16th October, the first aid charity’s highly-trained volunteers have arranged a demo in Frome on Monday 15th October at 17 Bath Street at 8pm.

The hour-long session is free to attend and includes practical information on how to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver shocks to the heart with a defibrillator.

Currently, only one in 10 people in the UK survives a cardiac arrest out of hospital; St John Ambulance and its Restart a Heart partners want to change that. Chances of survival double when someone gives immediate CPR and significantly increases further when a defibrillator is used.

St John Ambulance’s district manager for Somerset, Selina Taylor said, “We’re really pleased to be participating in this year’s Restart a Heart campaign.

“A cardiac arrest can happen any time and without warning, so we’re looking forward to sharing knowledge of first aid techniques so that more people can step forward when confronted with a heart-related emergency, making communities safer.

“Come and see us at our Restart a Heart events and we’ll show you what to do in a cardiac arrest situation and how to use first aid combined with a defibrillator, to improve someone’s chances of survival.”

To join the conversation on social media, search for #RestartaHeart and to find out more about the campaign, including a full list of demos visit www.sja.org.uk /restart aheart

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