Yorkshire Ambulance Services' heart campaign wins top accolade

With Northern Echo

A YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service campaign has won a top accolade as part of the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

The initiative, which has provided CPR training to 151,000 Yorkshire students on Restart a Heart day since 2014, received a Special Recognition Award at the online event.

Journalist and broadcaster Christa Ackroyd, who announced the award winners, said the recent high-profile resuscitation of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen highlighted the importance of the campaign. She said: "Christian Eriksen is now well due to the incredible life-saving actions taken on the field and that is what Yorkshire Ambulance Service aims to teach which they have done with amazing success.

"Keep up the good work of teaching these skills that we should all learn.”

Jason Carlyon, community engagement manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We are so thrilled to win this award! We know the campaign has directly influenced the patient outcomes and we know of lives saved as a result – we can’t ask more than that."