More than 1,000 people can now restart a heart thanks to a day of training yesterday (Wednesday).

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, Islanders young and old took a hands-on approach when it comes to saving lives by taking part in Restart A Heart Day.

Across eight fire stations, 14 Tutors, 12 Volunteer Community First Responders (CFR’s), 17 Fire Service Staff and three IW NHS Trust Support Staff helped to provide vital CPR training.

Louise Walker, Head of the Ambulance Training and Community Response Services at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said 1074 were taught the skill:

“I am enormously grateful to all the Tutors and CFR’s who helped to deliver the training sessions, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for accommodating the Tutors and all those who supported us to make this event such an amazing success.

“It really would not have been possible if it wasn’t for everyone working together. The enthusiasm of the school staff and children who participated was wonderful and the public engagement really was quite humbling to see.

“Thank you so much once again, to all those involved in this year’s RSHD.”

Louise says “a couple more” CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) training sessions will be delivered this week and the learner numbers will also be added to the final figure.