23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 10:35

      Wednesday 10, December 2014

      WATCH: Salford named the first Heart Safe City in UK


      Salford has become the first city in the country to have a defibrillator in every school.

      12 young people die each week in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest. 270 of these deaths happen in schools each year.

      Hand on Heart are the children’s charity that have raised vital funds to ensure all 97 schools in the area are now equipped with lifesaving machines.

      Since the charity began in 2010, they have provided over 400 defibrillators to schools across the UK and aim to continue this to make every school in the UK ‘Heart Safe’.

      With support from Salford City Council and other fundraisers children can now learn basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR. Teachers and other staff are also trained to use the defibrillators.

      Hand on Heart’s Lesley Groome spoke more about the campaign.

      By Emily Howett