Thank you to everyone for helping us to raise the profile of the importance of learning CPR and giving cardiac arrest patients the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
Lizzie Jones - Restart a Heart Day Ambassador
Yorkshire-based Lizzie Jones is a singer and actress. Her husband, Welsh International and Keighley Cougars Rugby League player Danny Jones died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015. Post mortem results showed that he died of cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition leading to the thickening of the cardiac muscles. Cardiomyopathy can be diagnosed following an echocardiogram screening which was not available to Danny.
Lizzie has successfully campaigned for the screening of all professional rugby league players for cardiac problems. As a result, The Rugby Football League has introduced compulsory medical checks for all three of its professional and semi-professional leagues. She has also launched The Danny Jones Fund providing defibrillators for local rugby and sports clubs on a grant basis – over 45 defibrillators have already been sent to national conference rugby league clubs.
Lizzie said: “I am proud to become an Ambassador for Restart a Heart Day when thousands of youngsters will be given the skills and confidence to save the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. I have been working hard to provide defibrillators for local rugby and sports clubs and the promotion of CPR training for schoolchildren is a natural link to this. I am thrilled to be associated with another valuable project which means Danny’s death will not have been in vain.”
Christine Talbot - Restart a Heart Day Ambassador
ITV Calendar News presenter Christine Talbot said: "I am delighted to be an Ambassador for this campaign. Over the years I have covered many stories where lives could have been saved if action had been taken immediately. I think this a life skill we should all have and I'm thrilled that so many youngsters will be coming on board."
Yorkshire-born celebrity chef James Martin said: “I want everybody to support Yorkshire Ambulance Service on Restart a Heart Day. Teaching CPR to secondary schoolchildren is invaluable and I want to say a big well done to all those children who will be involved. In Yorkshire, especially with its many remote areas, knowing how to do CPR really can mean saving lives.”
Former Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband said: “It’s vital that people know what to do in an emergency, which is why the CPR training offered on Restart a Heart Day is so important. I’d encourage as many people as possible to also take the time to learn.”
Leeds United Football Club
Leeds United Football Club captain Sol Bamba said: “As a club we are proud to support the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with their Restart a Heart initiative. CPR skills are crucial, and since the YAS visited the training ground, we have actually arranged for a demonstration with all of the squad here at Thorp Arch. We are also urging Leeds United supporters to back the campaign and learn CPR skills. You could save a life by doing so.”
Bhasker Patel, who plays Rishi Sharma in Emmerdale, added: “I have never learnt CPR before so this has given me a great insight so that, in the future, if I ever came across someone in cardiac arrest, I would have the confidence to help them.”
Nick Miles, who plays Nicola’s on-screen husband, businessman Jimmy King in Emmerdale, said: “I think it’s brilliant that we’ve been given the opportunity to learn about CPR and defibrillators. My father died from a massive heart attack and I wasn’t there when it happened but if I had have been, I imagine I might have been able to make a difference with these skills.”
Denise Black, who plays Joanie Wright in Emmerdale, said: “It is so important that people learn CPR. One of my friends saved someone’s life by doing CPR when we were at secondary school so I know how vital it is. I didn’t know anything about defibrillators before but now I would have the courage to use one if necessary.”
Emmerdale star Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard, said: “I did some training a few years ago but you forget things over time so I’m really pleased that Yorkshire Ambulance Service invited me to learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator. I would definitely feel more confident if ever I needed to use it.”
Nicola Wheeler, who plays Emmerdale’s Nicola King, said: “I live about 50 yards from a defibrillator in our community; it’s so vital that people learn how to use the equipment and how to perform CPR – it could save someone’s life.”
Nick Clegg MP (Sheffield Hallam) said: "It's fantastic that Yorkshire Ambulance Service is dedicating a day to visit secondary schools across the region to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to youngsters. The knowledge that will be passed down will, I am sure, help to save lives. I stand in support of this campaign and I am delighted that it is going from strength to strength."
James Whydle, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the Sheffield United Community Foundation
James Whydle, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the Sheffield United Community Foundation, said: “We are very happy to support YAS and promote Restart a Heart Day. Learning how to be able to undertake the simple procedure of CPR may just help someone save a life! It was great that the players got involved and we hope that this will encourage more people to learn CPR.”