Martin Johnson makes acting debut to help save lives

Martin Johnson Credit: PA

Former England and Leicester Tigers rugby captain, Martin Johnson, has made his on-screen acting debut in a film made to encourage young people to learn life-saving resuscitation skills.

Johnson stars in the short film made by school friends of 14-year-old Joe Humphries, who died in October last year from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome whilst out jogging in his home village of Rothley in Leicestershire.

His family recently launched the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust to help raise awareness and education about the condition which claims the lives of more than 600 young people every year.

Michael Johnson with rugby players from De Lisle College in Loughborough Credit: De Lisle College

The number of lives lost to this silent killer came as a huge shock to me. As a Father myself I know how crucial it is for parents to have the facts and be aware of the potential dangers. We made the video as part of the campaign to get every young person in Leicestershire to be taught life-saving CPR skills. It was great fun to make but the message is a serious one. Knowing what to do and having the confidence to do it when someone's heart stops beating can mean the difference between life and death.

Keep Calm and Hands On starred young rugby players from De Lisle College in Loughborough.

This comes on the week when a red phone box was turned into a life-saving hub in Rutland. The decommissioned phone box has been installed with a defibrillator. It's the 2,000th machine installed across the UK.

Defibrillator installed in a disused phone box in Ashwell, Rutland Credit: ITV News Central