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Newcastle student first aiders stage 12 hour CPR-athon

On site first aid training

On 30 September 2014, St John Ambulance volunteers are staging a fun 12 hour CPR-athon at Newcastle University campus to raise funds for new life saving training equipment for the local community.

CPR-athon funds will benefit local communities

Led by Adam Lisik, Newcastle LINKS Unit Manager, a dedicated team of 12 student first aiders will give CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) on resuscitation dolls from noon until midnight outside Newcastle Student Union. LINKS is a joint society for Newcastle and Northumbria Universities with 150 members, including 45 St John Ambulance volunteers.

The committed team aim to boost funds to buy new training equipment for the local communities they serve. Doing CPR for 12 hours will be extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, so to support them please donate via their JustGiving page.

Free first aid demonstrations

The challenge is also part of our Save a Life September campaign, driving awareness of the importance of learning first aid. Volunteers will be giving out handy free first aid guides and welcoming the local and student community to join in first aid demonstrations and learn five easy life saving techniques.

Three more free first aid demonstrations are also happening tomorrow, 26 September, from 11am until 3pm, in The Beacon and The Gate, Newcastle; and Boundary Mills, Shiremoor. So if you’re in the area then why not go and join in the fun and learn how to save a life? Or for life saving skills at your fingertips you can download our free first aid app.

Adam Lisik, Newcastle LINKS, said: ‘Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life – and it’s so easy learn. In the time it takes to do your weekly shop you could learn how to stop a friend choking or keep a loved one alive with CPR until an ambulance arrives.’