People in Guernsey are having the chance to learn how to do CPR as part of Restart a Heart Day.

St John Ambulance and the Cardiac Action Group are joining forces to hold demonstrations in Market Square in St Peter Port from 11.45am (Wednesday 16 October).

They will also be showing people how to use a defibrillator in the event that they need to save someone's life.

Doing CPR and using an AED are simple but life-saving skills which we believe everyone in the community should learn. The St John Emergency Ambulance Service responds to an average of six cardiac arrests each month. A patient's chances of surviving a cardiac arrest improve if there is early recognition, early CPR, early use of an AED and early advanced pre-hospital care from a paramedic.

Chief Ambulance Officer, Mark Mapp

Restart A Heart Day is a worldwide event that takes place every year to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests as well as increasing the number of people trained in CPR.

Islanders in Guernsey also have the chance to take part in free one hour sessions at community centres across Guernsey.

For anyone wanting to take part they can call 07781129539 or email

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