The world record attempt for the largest first aid lesson, taking place on the pitch at the Proact Stadium on May 20, was officially launched today.
Various dignitaries attended the launch including Labour MPs Dennis Skinner, Toby Perkins and Natascha Engel, together with the Chesterfield mayor, Barry Bingham and mayoress, June Bingham.
The world record attempt is being organised by the Community Save a Life Scheme, in partnership with Bolster District Council. Chesterfield FC, British Heart Foundation, Rotary International and Inner Wheel are also offering their support.
The current record for the amount of people attending a first aid lesson stands at 1,700 and organisers are hoping to attract around double that figure, with a Guinness Book of Records adjudicator in attendance.
Among those in attendance at the launch was Oldham Athletic supporter Melvin Kenyon, who received life-saving CPR at the Proact earlier this season after he collapsed while watching his team in action. He said: “I think its absolutely critical more people are trained in CPR and first aid generally. The more people that are trained in these techniques the better.
“If one person is trained and that person saves one life then that’s made it all worthwhile. I’d urge everyone who has the opportunity to come along on May 20 and get themselves trained and hopefully it will be a skill they keep for the rest of their lives. While you hope that they never have to use it, if they do then maybe they too can save a life.”
Cheryle Berry, from the Community Save a Life Scheme, said: “We hope to attract 3,000 people to the event and our ultimate aim is to have a life saver on every street.”
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