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12 Feb 2018

Staff and students - don’t forget Heart 2 Heart takes place this Wednesday

Staff and students are asked to help increase cardiac arrest survival rates this Wednesday (14 February) by joining the University, Loughborough Students’ Union and the British Heart Foundation for a special event.

This Valentine’s Day there will be multiple ‘pods’ across the Loughborough campus where both staff and students can learn CPR or refresh their existing skills and knowledge.

The ‘Heart 2 Heart’ event aims to provide training to 1,300 people over 12 hours and raise awareness of the vital work of the British Heart Foundation in a bid to bring the East Midlands’ cardiac arrest survival rate of 1 in 18 in line with the national average of 1 in 10.

Training sessions will run from 8am-8pm. They will each last approximately 30 minutes and entail watching a short instructional film before being given an opportunity to practice CPR on a mannequin. There will also be designated sessions taking place that focus on performing the life-saving technique on infants.

The pods will run as follows:

Pods that run every hour, on the hour

Pods that run every hour, on the half hour

Room One (Loughborough Students’ Union)

Council Chamber (Hazlerigg Building)


Butler Common Room

Village Bar

New Victory Hall (final session at 4.30pm)

West Park Teaching Hub (from 5.30pm)


Members of staff can ask to be formally released by their line managers to take part in a training session and count it towards their continuous professional development (CPD). Staff are advised to plan ahead as lunchtime hours are expected to be busy.

On the day of the event, students should register upon arrival to earn points towards the Hall of the Year competition.

Andy Stephens, the Director of Finance for the University, volunteers as a Community First Responder with East Midlands Ambulance Service.

He said: “Heart 2 Heart is a wonderful opportunity to train as many people as possible to be aware of how to recognise cardiac arrest and deal with it. CPR is a very basic skill and knowing what to do in the vital first minutes before help starts to arrive is what will save a life.”

For further information visit the Heart 2 Heart dedicated event page and help us promote the event on social media by joining the Thunderclap.