Pledge to train 200 festival visitors in CPR

Issue date: 23 May 2017

UWE Bristol nursing students

Nursing staff and students have pledged to train 200 visitors to this year's Gloucester Tall Ships Festival in basic life support.

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) – one of the event's sponsors - has made the commitment in order to share skills with the community and help people save lives.

Up to 14 staff members and students from the university's Gloucester campus will be on hand to offer demonstrations and practise in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on each day of the festival over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 27 May - Monday 29 May).

Dr Rachel Sales, Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol, said: “Knowing how to do Basic Life Support can help save lives and is an invaluable skill that everyone should be able to do.

“This is the first time we have made this type of commitment, although we did offer CPR demonstrations at the last tall ships event which were very popular with the public. It is a big pledge, but the impact could make a real difference to an individual.

“The public are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of life-saving skills and we hope festival-goers embrace this initiative.”

UWE Bristol's Gloucester campus - located at Alexandra Warehouse in the city's docks - will be open to the public for the duration of the festival weekend, giving visitors an opportunity to view the university's high-specification nursing facilities and meet staff and students.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the award-winning Tall Ships Festival. The event attracts audiences from around the country, with the 2015 festival drawing 125,000 visitors.

For information about nursing and midwifery courses at UWE Bristol, visit here.

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