Residents from Abernyte in Perth & Kinross recently took part in a Heartstart Discovery session to learn life saving skills.
Local resident Ron Neville has been fundraising with his community to buy a public access defibrillator for the area and he arranged for local residents to have important CPR training.
Around 30 people attended the session to learn effective bystander CPR and how to use the local defibrillator when needed.
Heartstart Discovery Co-ordinator Helen Brady said “It is fantastic to see so many people interested in attending Heartstart training. Knowing how to help save someone’s life is a skill that is easy to learn. It only takes two hours and can be learned by anyone, even children as young as 10-years-old.
“We hope that more communities, workplaces and organisations in Tayside are inspired by Ron and the residents of Abernyte and come along to attend a Heartstart Discovery course.”
Bill Spence from St John Scotland also attended the Heartstart Discovery session to present residents with their new defibrillator.
Approximately 30,000 people in the UK have a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year. Combined with CPR, using a defibrillator gives an unresponsive person who is not breathing the best possible chance of survival.
If you would like to arrange a session for your community or workplace, or would like more infomration about Heartstart please contact Helen Brady on 01382 740400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/HeartstartDiscovery