Lifesavers come to Thatcham

Press Release - 2nd June 2013

New scheme calls for volunteers to learn emergency skills

Life-threatening emergencies happen every day, but thanks to the recent launch of a new local scheme, the people of Thatcham and surrounding areas including Newbury, will have the chance to learn vital skills which could help them save someone’s life.

The scheme, Heartstart Thatcham, is calling for volunteers to learn Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills.  ELS is the set of actions needed to help keep someone alive until professional help arrives.  It includes performing CPR (chest compressions and rescue breathing), dealing with choking and serious bleeding, and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Heartstart is a British Heart Foundation (BHF) initiative which teaches members of the public what to do in a life-threatening situation.  ELS skills are easy to learn and can save lives.

The BHF is keen to emphasise the importance of as many people as possible learning these skills:

  • Every year around 124,000 people in the UK suffer a heart attack (A heart attack is when part of the heart muscle is damaged due to a sudden loss of blood supply to it because of a blocked coronary artery).
  • Many of them then suffer a cardiac arrest and die before reaching hospital.
  • Without resuscitation, cardiac arrest is always fatal.
  • But performing CPR could double the person’s chances of survival.

A BHF spokesperson said : “It’s vital that we all know what to do to help keep someone alive in an emergency.  A bystander, often a relative or friend, with no medical expertise is likely to be the first person on the scene.  Learning the simple skills that save lives through Heartstart can make all the difference.”  To find out more about Heartstart in Thatcham, how to get involved, to sponsor us 9donation of a venue or funding), to become an instructor or just to take a course, please contact us.