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Inflatable manikins to help Stapleford residents become life-savers

7th January 2015 Help & Advice, Local Businesses, Stapleford Community Group Tags: , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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TEN inflatable manikins will help turn the people of Stapleford into life-savers.

Town Councillor and Chairman of the Stapleford Community Group Richard MacRae has received a training kit from the British Heart Foundation to teach CPR in the community.

He now plans to take the manikins and a 30-minute training DVD to different local venues.

And his health mission doesn’t stop there – the community group hopes to raise £1,000 for a defibrillator.

This would be kept in the new Co-op in Hickings Lane and used to shock the heart of anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Mr MacRae applied to the BHF online after suffering a panic attack in September and realising something should be done to equip people with crucial first aid skills.

“It really scared me, I thought I was having a heart attack”, said the 43-year-old.
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After the kit was delivered this week, he is now offering to take it to venues in the Stapleford and Bramcote area, and will be able to train up to 10 people at a time in CPR.

There are over 30,000 cardiac arrests in UK communities not in hospital each year, according to the BHF, but less than one in ten survive.

Mr MacRae said: “People do have heart attacks or pass out and need CPR. If we can teach as many people as we can to learn basic CPR, there’s a possibility if needed it can save someone’s life.

“If one person has to use it and save a life it’s worth it.”

He wants to offer the training in pubs, community centres and churches.

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Austen Blakemore, 37, is going to host sessions at Austen Blakemore Photography Studio in Stapleford’s Kennedy Drive.

The dad to Logan, six, and five-year-old Corey, said: “I think it’s a really good idea, and it’s for all the community, which helps.

“Hopefully I will never need to use the skills, but if I do, they are there.”

And Julie Ward, BHF senior cardiac nurse, who is based in London, said given the number of non-hospital based cardiac arrests, “it is crucial that we create a nation of lifesavers where more young people and adults have the skills and confidence to perform CPR”.

She added: “We’re delighted that Councillor MacRae has committed to training people in CPR to ensure that many more potential lifesavers are walking the streets of Stapleford.”

By Tracy Walker Nottingham Post

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