Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran is celebrating its very own Diamond Jubilee after reaching the milestone of training 60,000 in emergency life support since 1996.
Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran is funded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and part of HeartstartUK, an initiative of the British Heart Foundation. Its purpose is to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency.
The free training is provided by volunteer instructors and lasts two hours. Classes take place all over Ayrshire with monthly classes in Kilmarnock, Ayr andIrvine. Heartstart also has a very active schools programme working with children from as young as five.
Dr John Gemmill, Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Heartstart Ayrshire andArran, commented: “This is an amazing achievement for a charity. These simple skills can help save lives if someone’s heart suddenly stops, they stop breathing or are choking or bleeding. Well done Heartstart, here’s to the next 60,000!”
For more information or to book a class online visit the Heartstart website www.heartstart- ayrshire.org.uk or telephone Brenda or Linda on 01294 323478.
Pupils from St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats help Heartstart instructors celebrate reaching 60,000 people trained in emergency life support.