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Are you ready to #RestartAHeart?

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people throughout the region to learn how to save lives.  

Ambulance teams will be running events across the South West for Restart a Heart Day on Wednesday 16 October to train as many people as possible to do lifesaving CPR.

The nationwide initiative is intended to improve the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. 

Paramedics and volunteer responders will lead the training sessions at prominent venues and various schools across the region.  

Two patients will share their stories of surviving cardiac arrest to promote the importance of basic life support, which includes chest compressions.   

1.    Family urge public to learn CPR after saving dad

Time and location: 10am at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1SZ

Rob, 44, was competing against his children at home to see who could run the fastest on a treadmill. Without warning, Rob lost consciousness and stopped breathing, and it was a race against time to save him. Thankfully Rob’s family called 999 straight away and gave him chest compressions, which helped to restart his heart. He has gone on to make a remarkable recovery. Following the incident in February, Rob and his family were reunited with members of the ambulance service team who responded to the emergency. Now the family are urging people to learn what to do if they find themselves in a similar situation.

Rob and his family will be at the shopping centre to tell people more and spread the message about CPR.

1.    Cornish woman saved by passing ‘angel’

Time and location: 12pm at the Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SG

Caroline Halliday was out walking her dog with her husband near Redruth last year when she collapsed and stopped breathing.  Thankfully Evangeline (whose name means ‘angel carrying the good news) was passing by in her car and came to her rescue. She called 999 and started CPR which helped to save her life.

Caroline will visit the Eden Project to be reunited with Evangeline and the paramedic team who responded – and to share her message.

SWASFT Restart a Heart Events:

Members of the public can come along to any of these venues for free CPR training from paramedics and volunteer responders. 






· Patient reunion story (times TBC)



Stonehenge, Amesbury, Salisbury Wiltshire, SP4 7DE

Princesshay Shopping Centre, Exeter



Princesshay,  Exeter,  Devon


Regent Arcade Cheltenham



Regent Arcade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JZ

Bristol College Green



Bristol College Green, Bristol


Hestercombe Gardens



Hestercombe Gardens, Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

Dolphin Shopping Centre



Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1SZ

Eden Project



Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SG

The Restart a Heart campaign (RSAH) is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service which aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

On Wednesday 16 October, an alliance of organisations all over the world (including Ambulance Services, Medical Schools, and Fire and Rescue Services) will be coming together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR by organising and facilitating training events.

This is the sixth annual Restart a Heart campaign and the second annual World Restart a Heart campaign.

Without CPR the chances of surviving cardiac arrest are zero. Join us to Restart a Heart and save a life today. When the stakes are this high, don't think twice, just try. #RestartAHeart

There are six easy steps to save a life – please see this link:



Key messages:

  • A heart attack is a serious medical emergency when in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.
  • A sudden cardiac arrest is an urgent medical emergency when the heart stops beating, abruptly and without warning. If this happens, blood stops pumping round the body, and the brain is starved of oxygen. That causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing. A heart attack may cause a cardiac arrest.
  • Anyone can be affected by cardiac arrest at any time. Survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest remain stubbornly low in the UK, with fewer than one in ten people surviving.
  • Thousands of lives could be saved every year if CPR was taught more widely.
  • There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year, and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10%.
  • When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, performing immediate CPR and calling 999 may double their chance of survival.
  • Most episodes (around 80%) of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occur in the home, highlighting the potential benefit of family members trained in CPR. 


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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC.