Harrogate Town AFC has teamed up with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to encourage fans to learn life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Anyone can be affected by a sudden cardiac arrest at any time, and without intervention, the person will not live. When someone collapses and stops breathing normally, it is important to quickly call 999, perform CPR and use a defibrillator to give the patient the best chance of survival.
Harrogate Town is one of Yorkshire’s top 10 football league clubs to support Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Restart a Heart campaign to encourage fans to learn CPR by promoting the importance of the life-saving skill.
Jason Carlyon, Community Engagement Manager with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:
“There have been many high-profile cardiac arrests among professional footballers in recent years, including Christian Eriksen, Fabrice Muamba, Glen Hoddle and David Ginola, as well as fans at football stadiums, and we have all seen how the quick reaction of witnesses has undoubtedly saved their lives.
“But not everyone is as lucky. In the UK, only 10% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital survive, partly because they don’t receive early CPR and defibrillation. It is therefore vital that we give people the confidence and skills to perform CPR in this ultimate medical emergency and we are delighted that Harrogate Town is supporting our campaign and helping us to achieve our goal of saving more lives.”
As part of the campaign, ambulance staff and volunteers will visit 136 of Yorkshire’s secondary schools to teach CPR to more than 30,000 students on Friday 14 October 2022 to mark Restart a Heart Day. Find out how you can learn CPR at https://restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk/
The Restart a Heart campaign is supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. Find out more at https://www.yascharity.org.uk/