Eleanor Stoves is helping children learn CPR after her daughter Rhianna was forced to perform it on her old brother Sam.

Caring mum Eleanor Stoves’ perspective completely changed when her 19-year-old daughter, Rhianna, was forced to perform life-saving CPR on her older brother, Sam.

The incident happened at their home in Hexham, and although Sam went on to make a full recovery, the experience motivated Eleanor to call for all pupils to be trained in the life-saving skill.

Starting at St Joseph’s in Hexham where Eleanor is a support manager, she said: “Having been through that as a family, I wanted to make sure our children were aware, it’s a vital skill and they never know when they might need to use it.”

Eleanor hopes to bring the training to over 150 pupils at their partner school, St Mary’s, and has encouraged parents to join in with possible CPR training nights at the school.

Fiona Conley, executive head teacher at St Joseph’s and St Mary’s RC first School said: “Giving children the opportunity to learn how to administer CPR is a wonderful thing to be able to.

"If children know how to do CPR, it’s a skill for life that could save lives.”

The school was filled with a buzz, when they were visited by the North East Ambulance Service for full CPR training.

The first visit of many for Alex Mason, community development officer at NEAS, who has organised a number of training days in schools across the North East.

The visits are in association with Restart a Heart Day, a campaign launched five years ago after figures revealed that less than one in ten people survive cardiac arrest, due to low bystander CPR rates, whereas, in countries where CPR is taught to school pupils, the survival rate is as many as one in four.

This is the first year the events have gone global, and will see countless people trained in CPR worldwide.

The children echoed similar sentiments, saying while the training was “exhausting” they still enjoyed the experience, and are happy they are learning how to help.

In addition to this, the staff have arranged a non-uniform day, in which the children can donate to wear Red and Green in support of the British Heart Foundation and NEAS.

All the proceeds will be split and donated to the organisations.

The campaign is organised with the joint efforts of The BHF, the resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, as well as a number of ambulance trusts and fire rescue services across the country.

However, despite the efforts and support from a number of organisations, the British Heart Foundation states that current survey results still show a worrying gap in the life changing knowledge.

Alex said: “There is nothing more disheartening to an ambulance crew than arriving on scene to a patient where CPR is not in progress when it could have been.”

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