Local children received resuscitation training in support of European Restart a Heart Day (16 October) at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH).
The Restart a Heart Campaign is an annual initiative which aims to train as many children and young people as possible in the UK to learn to save a life and make every child a lifesaver by teaching vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.
Bernadette Lee, senior resuscitation officer said: “We invited staff to bring their children to work to learn CPR – there was a great turn out, 60 children and parents.
“The resuscitation team were there to assist and supervise while participants practiced CPR on training mannequins; they also practised the recovery position and what to do if somebody is choking.
Saffron Webster, teenager from Hassocks who attended the event, said: “I really enjoyed the training, it is a really useful life skill and it has given me more confidence.”
Maria Gubala, finance manager at SASH said: “I came along tonight to learn a new skill you are never too old to learn. Resuscitation is invaluable training that everyone should have.”
“It was a privilege to share our knowledge and skills with such an inspiring group of young people. It makes my wonderful job even more worthwhile,” added Bernadette.