The Every Child a Lifesaver campaign brings together the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and other organisations who are committed to creating a new generation of lifesavers. We want to ensure that more people are given the skills and confidence to know what to do in a medical emergency. Teresa Pearce MP’s Emergency First Aid Education Bill was designed so that first aid, including CPR, would be taught in every state-funded secondary school, and we have been proud to support the Bill.
Sadly, on 20 November, the Bill was unable to pass through to the next stage of parliamentary scrutiny. Around 40 MPs turned up to support first aid in schools, but the Government opposed making it mandatory for every pupil. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the 14,205 people who joined the campaign by writing to their local MP. You built momentum behind the campaign which saw us receive national news coverage and widespread support from MPs across parliament.
Although we didn’t achieve the outcome we wanted this time, the Government signalled its strong support for first aid being taught in more schools. We will continue to campaign on this important issue because we believe that more people should know how to step in and help in a medical emergency.