Irish Heart supported by Bank of Ireland launch CPR 4 schools initiative

Bank of Ireland teams up with the Irish Heart Foundation to train a new generation of lifesavers


Some 5,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest every year.  70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home in front of a bystander – starting CPR can double the chance of survival.

The Irish Heart Foundation in association with Bank of Ireland has launched the CPR 4 schools training programme. Designed for post-primary schools – the innovative programme equips teachers with the skills to deliver CPR training to teach their students.

Our goal is to have trained 72% of post-primary schools by 2019

Irish Heart Foundation’s Basic Life Support expert Brigid Sinnott

The Irish Heart Foundation’s expert CPR 4 Schools team deliver training via education centres to teachers who are then provided with an online programme which can be taught effectively in the classroom. In addition, Irish Heart provides schools with free kits worth €600 which consist of training manikins.

Irish Heart Foundation’s Basic Life Support expert Brigid Sinnott said:  “We are delighted to launch the CPR 4 Schools programme in association with Bank of Ireland.

Starting CPR immediately can double a person's chance of survival

Brigid Sinnott

“Schools are an ideal setting to reach all children and young people to help reduce the incidence of premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke which is Ireland’s number one killer,” continues Brigid.

Adding to this, Audrey Nolan, Head of CSR at Bank of Ireland said “This is a really exciting platform for us and we are delighted to partner with the Irish Heart Foundation in assisting with the rollout of this training programme across schools throughout Ireland. It’s a fantastic way to help equip our young people with the knowledge base required to know that they can make a difference and help save lives in an emergency situation”.

The CPR 4 Schools programme consists of the following:

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