Life-saving training event held at Clayesmore Sports Centre

Always keen to encourage a safe and healthy community, Clayesmore Sports Centre opened its doors recently for a CPR and Defibrillator Training Event.

Organised and run by Sports Centre staff member Mike Powell, a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) qualified trainer assessor, the free event was filled to capacity, with over 40 attendees of all ages – the youngest four years old and the oldest over 70. The UK Resuscitation Council estimates that there are around 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year in the UK and knowing what to do in an emergency situation, as well as having the confidence to perform CPR and use a defibrillator could be the key to a person’s survival.

Speaking about the event Mike commented, “This training has been proven to save lives and I wanted to run the day to raise awareness of how important it is to know how to use a defibrillator (AED) effectively, and to have a plan for an emergency, rather than just the fact that there a device nearby in a village or town. There were some brilliant questions from the participants, who will all have left with some new skills and pass on the message about how important this training is.”