Around 8,000 people in Wales suffer from cardiac arrests a year and, thanks to the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ongoing commitment to create a nation of lifesavers, Swansea shoppers are getting the chance to take part in a free CPR training session at Quadrant Shopping Centre.
Taking place on Friday 21 June and starting at 10am and running until 3pm, the volunteering team from the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store in Swansea will be at the centre running workshops for customers to learn the vital skills it takes to save lives. They will also be providing crucial information and material on how to take care of your heart as well as answering any questions.
Carmella Sandal, Branch Manager of the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store, said: “Nearly a third of UK adults are not likely to perform CPR if they saw someone suffer a cardiac arrest according to figures released by the BHF. Our CPR training at Quadrant Shopping Centre is an opportunity for us to reach out to members of the community who perhaps wouldn’t otherwise have access to this type of training.
“We want to give people both the confidence and the knowledge on what they can do in an emergency. You just never know when this crucial know-how might save someone’s life one day.”
On the day, attendees will learn how to recognise the signs of cardiac arrest as well as performing the cardiopulmonary resuscitation or ‘Call, Push and Rescue’ (CPR) technique
Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome such an important initiative to the centre and be able to offer our shoppers the opportunity to learn essential life-saving skills.
“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere and to anyone. With more courses like this being made available for the whole community to take part in, as a society we stand a better chance at improving the current survival rate.”
Lisa continued, “By working in partnership with such organisations as the BHF, we are able to ensure that crucial services such as this have a platform in which to engage directly with our visitors.”
Located on The Kingsway, Swansea, the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store stocks a range of excellent quality affordable second-hand furniture including beds, wardrobes, tables, sofas and homeware accessories.
Over the last 10 years the store has raised more than £3 million in sales which has helped to fund research to prevent, cure and treat circulatory heart disease.