NEAS and British Heart Foundation teach shoppers how to save a life
Metrocentre event raises £6,000
More than 500 shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead attended
a recent Healthy Heart event aimed at teaching people how
to do CPR.
NEAS Community First Responders from across the North
East gave up their time to come along and demonstrate the
techniques which could save a life.
With the help of over 40 British Heart Foundation volunteers
from across the region, more than £3000 was raised - a
figure matched by Barclays Bank, taking the total to over
Adele Young, NEAS Community Resuscitation Officer, said: "This
event has been so successful for all partners involved as we
actually got to meet people, get them to take part in practising
CPR, advised them on if someone chokes, what they should have in
first aid kits at home and in the car.
"People of all ages got involved, which was so rewarding. I must
thank our Community First Responders who attend the event and
helped out with the CPR training. We are astounded at the
generosity of shoppers too, thank you so much".
Gavin Prior, General Manager said 'The Healthy Heart event was a
brilliant success and it has been great partnering
with British Heart Foundation (BHF) and NEAS.
"We are so pleased with how the event went and training
over 500 shoppers and staff on the skills of hands only
CPR, as well as raising a huge amount for BHF is a fantastic
Kevin Fitzpatrick, BHF area development manager for the North
East, said: "This was a great opportunity for the BHF to work in
partnership with NEAS. We got the heart health message out to many
people by combining Hard and Fast training with our heart health
education. We also carried out fundraising at the centre and I
would like to thank everyone who supported us."
The average footfall for Metrocentre over these days is 64,000
visitors, on average it would be around approximately 190,000
people through the door over the three days.
A Community First Responder is a volunteer who has been
recruited and trained to act on behalf of the North East Ambulance
Service, responding to emergency calls when dispatched by ambulance
control. They deal with a specific list of emergencies and
provide the patient with support and appropriate treatment until
an ambulance arrives.