Learn how to save a life after comic Ted’s cardiac arrest

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Life-saving CPR courses will be held in Chorley and Preston as part of a campaign inspired by comedian Ted Robbins.

The BBC Radio Lancashire presenter had a cardiac arrest while performing Phoenix Nights at the Manchester Arena and an audience member helped to save his life by performing CPR.

Now, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and BBC Radio Lancashire are running sessions to teach people how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

They are encouraging people to attend the free sessions to learn how they could save a life and to help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates.

Sessions will be held at 10am and noon on Monday at Chorley Library and at 1pm and 3pm on Thursday at Ingol Library.

A BHF poll showed 45 per cent of adults in the North West have been trained in CPR and 68 per cent would not feel confident performing CPR on a loved one.

The charity launched its Nation Of Lifesavers campaign in October last year, which calls for CPR to be a mandatory part of the secondary school curriculum.

Julie Ward, senior cardiac nurse at BHF, said: “Worryingly in the UK, less than one in ten people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which is most likely to happen in the home, in front of loved ones or friends.

“If we are to improve survival rates to keep up with other countries the government must make CPR part of the curriculum for secondary school children.

“We need every school, workplace, community group and individual in Chorley to join our campaign to create a nation of lifesavers.”

If you would like to attend the CPR training, call 01254 583583.