North West Schools Provide Heels 4 Hearts

Students and staff at schools from the Bright Futures Educational Trust are taking part in Good Morning Britain’s ‘Heels 4 Hearts’ campaign, as part of a national effort to improve awareness of cardiovascular health. ‘Heels 4 Hearts’, supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), aims to provide every secondary school in the UK with CPR kits so that young people can learn life-saving skills.

Bright Futures schools Cedar Mount Academy and Melland High School have been getting hands-on with the campaign, welcoming Good Morning Britain’s Health Editor Dr Hilary Jones to Gorton Educational Village.

Alongside Ardwick and Hulme, Gorton has one of the highest mortality rates for circulatory disease in Greater Manchester, and TV’s Dr Hilary was on-hand to teach staff and students how to perform CPR effectively.

Melland High School, an Ofsted outstanding Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, and Cedar Mount Academy are both part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, which aims to develop students’ life skills beyond the National Curriculum. Part of this approach is a commitment to improving students’ awareness of health and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, said: “Britain has one of the lowest survival rates for cardiac arrest in Western Europe and it is extremely important that our staff and students have access to this life-saving knowledge.

“As a Trust, we are committed to providing a diverse education, and this was a fantastic opportunity for both schools to expand their students’ awareness of wellbeing. Hopefully our students aren’t ever placed in a position where they need to perform CPR, however, we are extremely pleased to see them taking such a proactive interest.”