Scouts team up with JHMT to launch new heartsafe badge
Posted: Thu, 18 Apr 2019
The badge is awarded to Scouts for completing training in CPR and defibrillator familiarisation, which is delivered by the JHMT as part of its vital work to help prevent sudden heart deaths.
With the support of the JHMT, CPR and defibrillator training has been made available to more than 200 adults, who will pass on the skills they learn to more than 1,000 young people in Scouting in Charnwood.
And the Charnwood Scouts have recently bought two new defibrillators – one which has been installed at the local campsite Oaks in Charnwood, and one mobile defib which will be used for expeditions and events. An external cabinet for the campsite defib was donated by the JHMT.
Dr Mike Ferguson from the JHMT said: "It's great news that the Charnwood Scouts have developed a badge for those Scouts who will have had CPR training and defibrillator familiarisation.
"We want to make sure as many young people as possible have these life-saving skills, so that it becomes the norm to have them. We're delighted to offer the training that will help them to achieve this."
So far, around 135 young people have undertaken the training, and many more will work on it over the year and into the future.
Stephen Wray, Scout leader, said: "When you hear the stories of adults and young people who fall victim to things like sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) and how it could affect anyone at any time, it's fantastic to think that we are helping to train hundreds of young people how to help in situations like this.
"One of the aims of the Scouting movement is to teach young people skills for life and CPR is one of the most important skills any young person or adult can learn. It's been great that we have had the support of the JHMT to deliver the training, providing leaders like me with the necessary skills to be able to train our young people too."
As a result of the fantastic work between the JHMT and Charnwood Scouts, the rest of Leicestershire Scouts are getting defibs installed across their remaining five campsites and are looking at how to introduce these essential skills for life to more adults and young people.
To find out more about the work of the JHMT and how you could get free CPR training for your club or community group, visit jhmt.org.uk/impact