PUPILS have been learning the importance of CPR as part of a worldwide initiative.

Cundall Manor School, near Thirsk and Ripon, joined hundreds of schools from across the country to take part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ – a programme which provides pupils with life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Pupils as young as nine joined in the training which aims to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Instructors from The Yorkshire Ambulance Service taught over 250 children at the school how to perform CPR using an interactive DVD and practical instruction on inflatable manikins.

School nurse, Vicky Lee, organised the event and said: “Events like this help raise awareness and equip our pupils with a real-life skill that could prevent someone dying.”

“We are really proud to be taking part in the sixth annual Restart A Heart Campaign and second annual World Restart A Heart Campaign today.”

“A huge thank you to the volunteer instructors, predominantly Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff, who deliver this invaluable training free of charge on their day off. "