Friday, 3 February 2012

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert Backs Campaign To Teach Youngsters To Save Lives

A high profile national campaign to teach schoolchildren skills which could save lives has been backed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.

Julian visited the British Heart Foundation shop in Burleigh Street to show his support for the charity’s campaign to teach Emergency Life Support.

Hard man actor, Vinnie Jones features in the television advertising for the campaign which urges people, worried about giving the kiss of life to forget it and go for chest compressions (CPR) instead to the beat of the Bee Gees’ classic, Stayin’ Alive.

The BHF, working with the Resuscitation Council UK, is calling for youngsters to be taught CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and to learn how to deal with serious bleeding and choking.

Julian, who used to volunteer with Cambridge’s St John Ambulance, said: “Teaching our children these basic skills would put hundreds of thousands of potential lifesavers out on the streets every year.

“This is a very straight forward procedure but, when someone collapses with a suspected heart attack people are often afraid to act; hesitating could literally mean the difference between life and death.”

According to a BHF survey 40 per cent of youngsters in the South East feel powerless to help someone who has collapsed in the street despite more than two-thirds wanting to be able to help.

“Teaching our children what to do in an emergency such as this would give them a life-long skill which could help save lives,” added Julian.