CPR and the city…
On Sunday 3 September 2017, staff and volunteers joined partners from Save A Life For Scotland and offered free CPR demonstrations to the people of Glasgow at the Gallery of Modern Art.
The Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest strategy is a 5 year plan with the aim of ensuring that by 2020 Scotland becomes an international leader in cardiac arrest outcomes. The government’s overall aim is to save an additional 1,000 lives by 2020. The strategy also aims to equip an additional 500,000 people with CPR skills by 2020, increasing the amount of bystanders able to help in an emergency and therefore increasing the amount of survivors. Save A Life For Scotland is the public facing part of the campaign and is made up of lifesaving organisations including St Andrew’s First Aid.
The day was a huge success with over 100 people taking part in CPR demonstrations. Volunteers and staff from Police Scotland and the British Red Cross also attended the day so there were plenty of helping hands available to show visitors just how easy it is to learn a lifesaving skill. Events like these are an important part of our charitable offering and help us change attitudes towards CPR and first aid.
We would like to thank all our staff and volunteers who made the event possible, in particular Annemarie Pattison our Community Trainer/Coordinator who was instrumental is making the day such a success.
If you would like to support our work in communities across Scotland then please visit www.firstaid.org.uk/donate. Any donation – no matter how small or large – will help us teach more people lifesaving skills and make Scotland a safer and more resilient country.