Every pupil at a Grantham primary school has been taking part in CPR training this week.
The training is part of BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Save a Life campaign, in which it is hoped to train up to 10,000 people in life-saving skills.
At National Junior School, a total of 472 pupils, up to 60 members of staff and about 30 parents have received training from LIVES .
The school appeared on BBC Look North this week and has also been on the radio.
The school is holding a non-uniform day today (Friday) to raise funds for LIVES.
Assistant headteacher and head of Year 6 Theresa Thomas said the school was keen for its children to see learning as something beyond the classroom and something that is a life lesson and vital for them to grow and develop into “incredible people”.
Mrs Thomas said: “You never know what the future holds and never know the circumstances that you might be in, but knowing that all of our school community will have received CPR training gives us faith, hope and confidence that the experience will have left a mark on us all. It might inspire some children to be part of the health sector or others to simply value their lives more. It might even help in a distressing situation and save a life.”
She added: “Personally, I thank CPR daily for the extra eight years it gave my dad in 2000 after he’d suffered a massive heart attack at work. If it had not been for the CPR he received from his workmates until the ambulance arrived and the defibrillation he received until his heart was sorted, he’d have not seen me or my brother get married. We had an extra eight precious years that we were thankful for.”
The school has made enquiries about purchasing a defibrillator unit to be housed outside the building to serve not only the school but the local community. It hopes that other local organisations may help with the purchase so that it becomes a community project.
It will also be in touch with other primary schools to share the contact details with them of how to get involved with the campaign.
Pupil Evie Pinchbeck said she felt nervous about doing the training at first but went on to enjoy it. She said her motto would be ‘Be safe, Be smart. Be a life-saver’.
LIVES is made up of over 700 volunteer responders who attended medical emergencies fast so that they can save lives before handing over the casualty to the ambulance service.