Veteran MP Dennis Skinner has outlined why he thinks the world record attempt at the Proact for the largest first aid lesson is vital to help raise awareness of the importance of life-saving skills.
Community Save a Life Scheme - supported by the Spireites - will be trying to break the record at the Proact on Friday, May 20, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Bolsover District Council, Inner Wheel and Rotary International.
Skinner, a lifelong Chesterfield fan, realises the importance of the issue after having a close call with heart problems. He said: “Way back in 2002, when I was in Parliament, I felt ill and I thought I’d got a virus. I kept forgetting all about it then somebody said, ‘Why don’t you go for a treadmill test at the hospital?’
“On the day, I walked the last mile through the underground to the hospital and then I realised I was in trouble. When I finally got to the hospital, just in time, they put me on the treadmill for about a minute or two, then they took me off and put me on a hospital bed.
“They’d seen enough; I was on the verge of a massive heart attack! I finished up with a triple bypass in Brompton Hospital a week later. I never forget the fact that had I not been rescued by that treadmill test, which is very important, I would’ve been looking for somebody to save me on the street. It saved my life.”
Skinner added: “I’ve got no doubt at all that as we live longer - and I’m certainly one of those people - that these skills are more important to learn.
“I’ve been here since my heart problem in 2002 and I’m still here to tell the story. That’s why I’m very much involved in this because I want to give something back. I’m one of the lucky survivors and I’m giving something back by being a part of this campaign.”
The target is to teach over 3,000 people learning first aid. More facilitators and stewards are required are required for the event. Facilitators will be overseeing the practical elements of the session and stewards will be doing general admin work, such as issuing certificates.
Sign up to get involved on the day by emailing email@example.com or visit the Twitter feed for more information: @ProactRecord.