Students and staff from courses in Health & Social Care and Public Services recently held a marathon sponsored CPR session at Macclesfield College to raise money for a local defibrillator unit.
The students took it in turns to maintain a constant flow of chest compressions on CPR dummies for up to 7 hours, raising £93 on the day with the activity as well as making a further £68 through a cake sale. Further sponsorship money is also expected to come in which should take the total raised to £400. This will be half of the total required to purchase a defib unit to be situated in a prominent location in the Macclesfield area.
The students learn all about CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation - a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped) as part of their studies and have been working with Bollington and Macclesfield First Responders to complete their British Heart Foundation 'Heart Start' Course. It was calculated that throughout the day of the sponsored CPR event, the students and staff completed over 25,000 compressions!