Put your heart into first aid in the countryside

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Monday 18 July 2005

18 July 2005

Put your heart into first aid in the countryside

Peak District National Park rangers will be helping walkers to save lives in the countryside with a free walk in the Derwent Valley on July 28, teaching Heartstart techniques.

The family-orientated walk, entitled the Adventures of Bert and Gertie, will involve walkers in a light-hearted melodrama, as rangers in costumes straight out of the 1950s, enact a disastrous day when both Bert and Gertie collapse and need first aid.

Walkers will be shown how to give basic British Heart Foundation life-saving techniques and then they will have the chance to try resuscitation for themselves. At the end of the walk they will be given a Heartstart certificate.

Senior ranger Jenny Waller said: "This is a light-hearted afternoon out - but with a serious message - that sometimes health emergencies can happen in isolated places and here's what people of all ages can do to give immediate assistance."

This year the Peak District National Park ranger service and British Heart Foundation reached their target of raising £90,000 for 46 defibrillators - machines to restore rhythm to a failing heart - for rangers to use as first aid before an ambulance arrives.

Suitable for children over 7, the Adventures of Bert and Gertie start at Fairholmes Ranger Centre, in the Upper Derwent Valley at 2pm on Thursday July 28. Please book on 01629 816290.

This is an archived press release

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