The Hand on Heart Charity (Registered Charity Number: 11453116) has a simple goal; to prevent the deaths of the 12 young people who die due to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
The reality of it is:–
- 12 young people die each week due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- 270 children a year will die in school from suffering a Cardiac Arrest.
The only definitive treatment for a cardiac arrest is a lifesaving shock from a defibrillator. A shock must be delivered within the first 3 minutes of a victims collapse to achieve an increased survival rate from 6% to over 74%!
Until the government help and support our schools to have this life saving piece of equipment it is up to charities like ours to help and support the school communities across the UK.
Anyone of any age, health, height or gender can suffer from SCA which is why taking the necessary precautions against this is vital, especially in schools a place we consider safe for our children!