HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright has stepped into the shoes of a Hollywood hard man to show his support for a charity campaign to get life-saving skills taught in schools.
Mr Wright is backing a British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) drive to see Emergency Life Support ( ELS) skills taught in secondary school classrooms across England.
The charities are calling on the Government to include life-saving skills as a mandatory part of the school curriculum to ensure all students are taught the skills which would help save a life.
In September, the BHF and RCUK delivered a petition to Downing Street with more than 100,000 signatures of support.
Now MPs have recognised the public call to teach children these essential skills and have debated the issue in Parliament.
Mr Wright said: “Stepping in and helping to save someone’s life in an emergency shouldn’t just be left to the hard men. By teaching life-saving skills in schools, we could put hundreds of thousands of new life-savers on the streets each year.
“Every second counts in an emergency, so I’m supporting the campaign to make life-saving skills part of our children’s education - it could be the difference between life and death.”
Former Chelsea footballer and film star, Vinnie Jones, said: “I didn’t learn CPR until I filmed the advert for the British Heart Foundation last year. CPR should be taught in schools as part of the curriculum.”
People can find more information about the campaign at bhf.org.uk/lifesaving.