Saturday saw Burnley FC link up with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to deliver a matchday dedicated to the #SavingLives campaign. A campaign that aims to teach people vital CPR skills.
With the support of Burnley FC in the Community, a team from the NWAS showcased CPR demonstrations in the Fanzone prior to kick off, and Clarets fans were encouraged to get involved themselves.
To further shine light on the campaign, the first team players warmed up Saving Lives t-shirts and a video was broadcast on the big screen at half time, showing the players also taking part in living saving training.
To finish off the awareness-raising activities, eight local children from Primet Primary School demonstrated CPR skills pitch-side at half time, with the help of the NWAS team members.
Jane Atkinson, NWAS Community Resuscitation Development Officer, NHS Trust said: “We’ve loved working with the club to deliver such an important message. The aim of the Saving Lives event is to get the message of how important it is to learn CPR/lifesaving skills. We want to spread this message as far and wide as possible to people of all ages – we can’t thank the club enough for helping us to do just that.”
Dr. Simon Morris, Burnley FC first team doctor said: "Burnley Football Club players and staff would like to send a special thank you to all the children who helped teach the crowd how to save a life last Saturday. It’s down to the kind actions of volunteers, such as those from NWAS, as well as the children, that make this event possible. CPR is a life skill we should all learn, and by our very own Burnley FC Team pulling together we reached up to 20,000 people in a single day.”
Kacee from Primet Primary School (9): “I never get the opportunity to do anything like this, I really enjoyed going out at half time to do the CPR demo. I was a little bit nervous at first, but I really enjoyed it.”
Rehan from Primet Primary School (10) “I felt really proud of myself to be able to go on pitchside and do the CPR demonstration.”
The North West Ambulance Service are looking for volunteers to become Community First Responders. Community First Responders are everyday people who will be trained by the NWAS to help patients who are suffering with chest pains, having breathing difficulties, in diabetic emergencies, in cardiac arrest, or who are unconscious or fitting. They provide care and reassurance to support patients and their relatives in the vital few minutes before the ambulance arrives.
If you’ve been inspired by the activities on match day and you’d like to become a Community First Responder, please call 0345 112 0 999 or go to www.nwas.nhs.uk/volunteer for more information.