Pupils learn vital life-saving skills

Some of the Staniland Primary School's year six children who are learning life-saving skills through the British Heart Foundation's Heartstart programme. NA
Some of the Staniland Primary School's year six children who are learning life-saving skills through the British Heart Foundation's Heartstart programme. NA

IN THE event of a life-threatening emergency, knowing a few simple life-saving skills can mean the difference between life and death.

This is something year six pupils at Staniland Primary School, Boston, are learning as they take part in the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart course.

“The children are enthusiastic and very much enjoying learning a new skill each week,” said Heartstart trainer and school administrator Lynne Wheatley.

“They particularly like going home after a lesson and practising on their parents and other family members!”

Staniland was the first school in the county to adopt the Heartstart training programme when it was launched in 2009.

The children are currently half way through their 10-week course where they are being taught how to spot the signs of a heart attack and what to do in an emergency.

Skills they have been learning inlclude cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), putting a casualty into the recovery position, and checking for choking.

The Heartstart campaign promotes the importance of children understanding how to contact the emergency services and give valuable information to the emergency operator.

The British Heart Foundation says learning even the simplest emergency life support skills can help keep someone alive until professional help arrives.

l For more information about Heartstart contact 0300 3303311 or email hearthelpline@bhf.org.