A NEW generation of life-savers has been trained by Heartstart Thatcham.
The charity teamed up with Thatcham Youth to deliver the first of a new training technique to 14 children, recently.
Heartstart Thatcham has been given permission to deliver the British Heart Foundation’s Call Push Rescue scheme.
The scheme is designed to be taught by anyone, regardless of a teaching or medical background.
It covers CPR, defibrillators and the recovery position.
Youth club manager, Dan Carter, said: “It was great to get involved with Heartstart Thatcham on delivering these essential skills to our young people and an honour to be the first group to be taught the Call Push Rescue scheme by them.
“All of our young people who took part had a great time and they all did fantastically at picking up the skills.”
The British Heart Foundation noted that the Thatcham scheme was a trailblazer for being one of the first, if not the first, to include practical defibrillator training, and similarly one of the first to also offer Call Push Rescue.
Heartstart Thatcham has been delivering emergency life-support skills training and CPR and defibrillator sessions for a number of years.
It is affiliated to, but independent of, the British Heart Foundation.
Scheme coordinator for Heartstart Thatcham, Dr Nick Young, said: “Not everyone has time to give to the full Heartstart course, which is about two-and-a-half hours long.
“Being able to deliver Call Push Rescue in just an hour means we can get more potential life-savers with CPR and defibrillator skills into the community.
“Some have already expressed an interest in doing the full course too.”