Vital first aid skills for kids

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Madam,

According to a survey we conducted, almost half of kids across in the UK (48 per cent) feel powerless to help someone who has collapsed in the street despite almost three-quarters (72 per cent) wanting to be able to help.

That’s why the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council UK are campaigning for all children to be taught Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills at school.

Each year in the UK, 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Half are witnessed by a member of the public but too often they don’t know how to help the patient’s chances of survival, and 90 pe rcent of victims die.

We want to improve these dreadful odds and ensure every child leaves school with the skills to save a life. We’re urging everyone to visit their local BHF shop and sign our petition today to help us create a nation of lifesavers.

For more information visit bhf.org.uk/lifesaving.

Maura Gillespie

British Heart Foundation