St John Ambulance volunteers in Highbridge will teach the public how to save lives this month, as part of their 2019 Restart A Heart campaign.

At a series of free sessions across Somerset, people can learn how to help someone who has gone into cardiac arrest using practical information on how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver shocks to the heart with a defibrillator.

The local event will be held at St John Ambulance HQ in Bank Street, Highbridge on Monday October 21 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Currently, fewer than one in 10 people in the UK survives a cardiac arrest out of hospital and St John Ambulance and its Restart a Heart partners want to change that.

Chances of survival double when someone gives immediate CPR and significantly increase further when a defibrillator is used.

Working with the Resuscitation Council and other partners, St John Ambulance’s first aid demonstrations will contribute to an ambition of teaching as many people as possible these skills in October.

For those looking for quick, easily accessible information, the free, highly-popular St John Ambulance app is available on smartphones, and the website – www.sja.org.uk – offers demo videos and lots of free advice.

Details of many more locations across the South West are available online: www.sja.org.uk/restartaheart and to join in the conversation on social media, search for the hashtag #RestartAHeart