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Farnham school provides life-saving education

Date: 10 March 2016

DSCF0125 (002)Pupils at a Farnham school have taken part in a potentially life-saving day of learning.

Years 5 and 6 at St Peter’s CofE Primary School in Wrecclesham village were given the opportunity to get involved in the school’s fifth annual CPR Day.

It is currently the only school in the area that has committed to regularly teaching pupils such important life-saving skills.

Helping to lead the CPR day, alongside Peter Glover from the South East Coast Ambulance service, were Keith Aston and parent at St Peter’s, Joanna Michaelides.

7 years ago, Joanna performed CPR on Keith in the street, where worryingly there were a number of people already there who did not know what to do. Once Keith had made a full recovery, the two were inspired to set up Heartstart Farnham Lions, which provides life-saving skills to the Farnham community.

"This training helps them towards being rounded world citizens and to give something back to their community, which fits in well with the caring, Christian ethos at St Peter’s.”

Headteacher, Sarah Dunning said: “Supporting the work of Heartstart is very important to us at St Peter’s School. It is vital that our children are given the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency. 

“The annual training includes knowing when and how to call the emergency services, how to assess a casualty and maintain their airway by putting them in the recovery position, and how to potentially deliver CPR.

“They could be called upon to help a friend, family member or even a stranger in the street. This training helps them towards being rounded world citizens and to give something back to their community, which fits in well with the caring, Christian ethos at St Peter’s.

Joanna of Heartstart Farnham Lions added: “It’s fantastic that the school and in particular the head Sarah Dunning are so supportive of this yearly event.

Defib"Teaching children what to do from an early age gives them the confidence to act in an emergency, and they become competent surprisingly quickly. Well done St Peter’s.”

St Peter’s PTFA recently campaigned to get a public access defibrillator (PAD) installed, after a local man suffered a cardiac arrest near the school and sadly did not survive, despite being given CPR.

Joanna’s husband helped to raise money, and along with funding from the British Heart Foundation and the PGFTA, there is now a defibrillator at the school gate which is available for anyone to use, 24/7.

If you would like more information on defibrillators and/or to sign your school up to a free two-hour CPR course, go to the Heartstart Farnham Lions website.

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