Hartlepool Specsavers joins fight to save lives

Ian Walker Specsavers Hartlepool . Picture by FRANK REID
Ian Walker Specsavers Hartlepool . Picture by FRANK REID
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Staff at a Hartlepool business have joined a campaign to help save lives.

Specsavers in Hartlepool has joined the Heartsafe UK campaign. The shop becomes a Heartsafe Zone.

Currently, only one in 10 people in the UK know how to administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation) but Heartsafe UK has introduced packs for local businesses to improve the statistic across the Tyne Tees area.

Store director Ian Walker said: “We’d all hope that if the worst happened to a loved one, someone would be around who knew how to save their life. The reality is, at the moment, the odds are against us, and most people don’t know how to administer CPR. That’s why we’ve joined this campaign to become a Heartsafe Zone.”

Kevin Dryburgh, founder of Heartsafe UK, said: “Ninety thousand adults and 600 young people die every year following cardiac arrest in a public place. Often, these deaths are preventable.”

For more information, visit www.heartsafeUK.co.uk.