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Free resuscitation training event at Lexus Bristol with Acorn Health and Safety and GWAAC

If you suffer a cardiac arrest, the person next or nearest to you right now has the best possible chance of saving your life – could you save theirs?

Shockingly, 77% of people either don’t know how to administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or they are unsure of how to do it.  This equates to fewer than 1 in 4 people who are able to say definitively that they are confident about CPR – and only 7% of young people (16-24) would be confident enough to perform CPR.

Not surprising then, that the chance of survival after a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is between 5%-10%.

The age-old line from most people is, “Well now there’s no excuse!” or “I’d like to learn CPR but have never got around to it.”

On Thursday 27th February, Lexus Bristol operated by the Sytner Group, Acorn Health and Safety and GWAAC are teaming up to put on a Free Resuscitation Training Event.  The event will be held in the Lexus Bristol showroom on Pioneer Park, Whitby Road in Brislington and will run from 4pm-7pm.

Bristol Lexus Operated by the Sytner Group

Bristol Lexus Operated by the Sytner Group

During this time there will be two, 45 minute, hands-on CPR training sessions with the team from Acorn, offering the chance to learn and master this critical life-saving skill.  As well as the training, representatives from the GWAAC will be in attendance to talk about the charity and raise some much-needed awareness for their current ‘Movin on Up’ campaign, aimed at raising an extra £250,000 for a move to a modern air ambulance for the region.

The event is aimed at all ages – for the kids, there will be goodie bags and the chance to get involved with making some life-like wounds using fake blood and make-up.  For the adults, a raffle for the chance to win a Lexus for the weekend – all proceeds going to the GWAAC.

The event was born after Lexus Bristol employees David Bowden and Nigel Knapp helped save the life of a customer visiting their dealership. 

Since attending a training course at Acorn Health and Safety, David has assisted with two cardiac arrests, one child birth, a stroke and a choking and we’re pleased to say that everyone involved was dealt with safely and went on to make full recoveries, all thanks to the training that David had received and recognised when they recently picked up an award for their efforts.

Dave Bowden from Lexus says, “With more people knowing how to administer CPR, surely the chances of survival can be improved?  The event is to raise the awareness locally of this critical life-saving skill, the work done by the GWAAC and to arm people with the knowledge that could one-day save a life.”

Danny Street, Director at Acorn Health and Safety says, “No matter who you are and what you do, we think having the ability to save another person’s life is something quite special – my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to this event to teach these valuable skills.”

In order to reach as many people as possible there are two training sessions to choose from.  The early session begins at 4pm and runs until 5:30pm with the CPR Training session from 4:30pm-5:15pm.  The later session begins at 5:30pm and runs through until 7pm with the CPR training session from 6pm-6:45pm.

There will be complimentary nibbles and refreshments as well as the chance to meet and mingle with other guests.

Those interested will need to book to secure a place – please RSVP to indicating your preferred choice of the early or late session.

To avoid missing out on what promises to be a great event, please book early.

More events like this will be planned later in 2014 – if you are unable to make the 27th February, please RSVP indicating your interest for future events.