According to statistics, only 8% of patients will survive a cardiac arrest in England while those in the East Midlands will fair lower odds of survival at 1 in 18 compare to the national average (1 in 10) – with more than half of adults feeling they had the lack the necessary confidence and training to intervene.
On one of the most romantic days of the year, in collaboration with Loughborough University and the British Heart Foundation, we set out to change the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest across a single day through Heart 2 Heart – a campaign to deliver 12 hours of training, at multiple locations across campus to a target of 1,300 people from across the university and the local community.
Heart 2 Heart saw the initial target of 1,300 individuals trained in CPR with 4 hours of the campaign remaining. As Valentine’s Day drew to a close, the final total stood at 1,479 individuals from across the Loughborough community trained as Loughborough Lifesavers with the confidence to offer potentially life-saving support while waiting for medical support to arrive. Across the day, we saw 1,010 students, 413 staff from across the University and 56 members of the public join us for Heart 2 Heart all facilitated by over 400 dedicated volunteers throughout the day. Anna Mikewska (LSU Action Executive Officer) added ‘I would like to thank all volunteers who gave up their time and effort to make this event happen, their enthusiasm despite the weather, and the passion for change and saving someone’s life is truly admirable. Loughborough students never fail to amaze me, and the word impossible does not exist for our students!’.
Alongside delivering training to more that 1,400 people, Heart 2 Heart supported the work of the British Heart Foundation throughout the day with a total of £300.00 raised through collections and donations. Lumi Ojabemi (Rag Executive Officer) shared his thanks by adding ‘Congratulations to the everyone – especially the LSU Rag and Action volunteers, the staff team behind the event and most importantly all the participants for coming together and smashing the training total for the day! I’m so proud of what we have achieved’.
A full breakdown of the statistics can be found here.