City of Norwich School

World Re-start A Heart Day

Yesterday, Wednesday October 16th was World Restart a Heart Day and CNS was one of more than 50 schools in East Anglia and thousands worldwide taking part.

During the day, around 350 students were trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to use a defibrillator by volunteers from the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS).   CPR is a life saving emergency procedure carried out on someone who is in cardiac arrest and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of surviving.  The day was a great success with the students and there was much excitement when one of the NARS critical care response cars dropped in for a visit. 

Training continued into the evening, when over 100 parents and carers turned up to also learn this vital lifesaving skill.  Several sessions revealed stories of CPR being performed on family members which, as well as being quite emotional, really brought home the importance  of the training and how learning the simple skills needed really could save someones life. 

The plan is to eventually have every person on the school site trained in CPR and planning for the next round of training is already underway.