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Owls behind 'Restart a Heart'

15 October 2021

The Owls are teaming up with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to promote the importance of CPR and how the most basic of knowledge can help save lives.

The world watched with horror last summer at Euro 2020 when Denmark star Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Swift action was crucial to Eriksen’s survival when the 29-year-old collapsed during Denmark’s opening game against Finland.

The midfielder was brought back to life with a combination of CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation that involves chest compressions - and an electric shock from a defibrillator.

Now, as part of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign, Wednesday fans will be given the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill when the Owls host Lincoln on Saturday 23 October.

Watch out for the ‘CPR Anywhere’ video on the big screen at Hillsborough!

A week prior, the club are playing our part in helping raise CPR awareness today on the designated ‘Restart a Heart Day’ across the country.

Jason Carlyon, Community Engagement Manager with Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service, said: “The quick reactions of those around him undoubtedly saved Christian Erikson’s life, as was the case with Fabrice Muamba, Glenn Hoddle and David Ginola, who are also cardiac arrest survivors.

“But not everyone is as fortunate. In the UK, only 10% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital survive, partly because they don’t receive early CPR and defibrillation.

“With only one in three people in England saying they would be willing to perform CPR if they witnessed a cardiac arrest, it’s important that we give people the confidence and skills to save someone’s life in this medical emergency.

“More patients will survive if more people know what to do before an ambulance arrives, so we are delighted that Sheffield Wednesday are supporting our campaign and helping us to create more life-savers.”

Ambulance staff and volunteers will visit 109 of Yorkshire’s secondary schools today to teach CPR to 30,000 students and are touring around the region’s grounds encouraging fans to learn the life-saving skill throughout October.

Find out more, including CPR tutorial videos, HERE

The Restart a Heart campaign is supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. Text CPRFIVE to 70085 to donate £5 to support our life-saving training.

Thank you for your support, you are a lifesaver!

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