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Heartsafe Project

We are pleased to announce that we are now a HEARTSAFE school. Two Year 10 Students, will act as ambassadors for the College for the Heartsafe Project until 2015.

Whilst cardiac arrest is most common outside the school environment, tragically it can occur in the young due to unrecognised inheritable heart conditions.  The loss last year of Joe Humphries, a young life, at the De Lisle School locally illustrates this sad possibility.  The establishment of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) to promote awareness about this topic has lead naturally to collaboration with the other agencies on this resuscitation project.

There are literally thousands of lives that could be saved if bystanders, who witness a cardiac arrest took the right immediate action.  The project aims to introduce a new and streamlined resuscitation training scheme for teenagers that will equip them to be able to save a life if they encounter a person collapsed due to cardiac arrest.  This will link to the increasing availability within the community of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The Heartsafe Projects aim is to ensure all teenagers in the City and County are given this training.

Local charities, the East Midlands Pacemaker Fund and the JHMT have initiated this project and are joined now by the University Hospitals of Leicester, British Heart Foundation and the East Midlands Ambulance Service.  The Leicester Tigers Rugby Club (a community partner) has also joined and hosted the launch event on Friday February 28th .

The morning commenced with an introduction by Ben Jackson from BBC Radio Leicester followed by Doug Skehan, a Cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital who spoke passionately about the programme.

The college recognised the importance of having an AED on site and decided to purchase our own ‘Automated External Defibrillator’ (AED). The package included training for 8 members of staff and basic life support for 30 students.

The lead for the Heartsafe Project at King Edward VII Science & Sport College is Mrs Julie Riley, Facilities and Leisure and Learning Manager.  Julie, Katie and Joseph took part in a series of workshops including CPR / AED awareness, and what happens after successful resuscitation.  They also took the opportunity to chat to survivors and their families.  There was also an exhibition including health related career information and heart related activities.


Medical experts believe many children could be saved if an (AED) is used within minutes of a collapse.  However, there is currently no national system in place in the UK to ensure AEDs are present and in working order in schools.

  • Did you know 12 young people die every week from sudden cardiac arrest
  • Unfortunately 80% of these young people that die have no symptoms
  • For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest their chance of survival drops by 10%
  • Sudden cardiac arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning

It is a shocking statistic that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills over 2000 people a week in the UK alone.  The death of anyone, regardless of age, leaves a void in the lives of his survivors.  However, the death of a child seemingly in the prime of life is very difficult to accept.  The impact on family, school, friends, and the entire community is not easily overcome. 

King Edward VII Science and Sport College is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 8158225 and has a registered office at Warren Hills Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 4UW