Nationwide Building Society Joins The British Heart Foundation’s Nation Of Lifesavers Campaign

31 August 2016

Charity partnership will create 35,000 lifesavers in a year

Nationwide Building Society has joined the fight for every heartbeat by announcing a charity partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The year-long collaboration with the nation’s heart charity aims to create 35,000 potential lifesavers by rolling out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to employees and local communities across the UK. This will help the BHF reach a total of one million lifesavers trained in CPR, across the UK, by April 2017.

Close to 4,900 Nationwide employees will learn how to perform lifesaving CPR and will be encouraged to teach these vital skills to over 4,000 members of local community groups in 27 regions across the UK.

Nationwide will also be funding BHF Call Push Rescue kits for 226 schools across the UK, 28 of which have been nominated by Nationwide members and employees.

Nationwide’s efforts will hugely benefit the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign, a revolution in CPR training and defibrillator awareness, which aims to dramatically improve survival rates from cardiac arrest by making sure bystanders are proficient and ready to take action in the ultimate medical emergency.

Sara Bennison, Chief Marketing Officer at Nationwide Building Society, said: “We’re delighted that we can support the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign by getting our people involved across the UK. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any age, and by training our employees and communities with the valuable skills of CPR, this will help create awareness and save lives. Education from a young age is also really important, and we’re pleased to help fund CPR packs for schools so that young people can develop the vital skills of spotting and dealing with a cardiac arrest.”

Every year more than 30,000 cardiac arrests1 happen outside of hospital but currently less than one in ten people survive2.This is often because people don’t have the skills or confidence to perform CPR. In countries, like Norway, where CPR is more widely taught, survival rates are up to three times higher3. The BHF launched its Nation of Lifesavers campaign to improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK, in 2014, alongside a new ‘Call Push Rescue’ CPR training kit.

The BHF’s innovative ‘Call Push Rescue’ model of CPR training uses a self-directed learning film and an inflatable manikin to practice the techniques on, which allows companies to become self-sufficient in giving their employees these lifesaving skills.

James Hails, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF, said: “Corporate partnerships play a crucial role in our fight against heart and circulatory disease. Working with Nationwide Building Society will help us in our mission to turn the UK into a Nation of Lifesavers, where everyone has the skills and confidence to perform CPR.

“When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every second counts. That’s why we’re delighted that Nationwide Building Society is committed to training thousands of employees, school pupils and community groups in lifesaving CPR. With just 30 minutes of training in CPR, they will be given the skills that could mean the difference between life and death for someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.”

Developing the valuable skills of CPR has already proven vital for Branch Manager Gayle Wiseman at the Nationwide Motherwell branch in Scotland. Gayle performed CPR on a member of the public after falling down outside the branch. Due to the skills Gayle had leant from her CPR training she knew exactly how to handle the situation before the ambulance arrived. Gayle commented: “Without the CPR skills I have learnt from the BHF I wouldn’t have known how to help the customer. No one else knew what to do, but I just went into auto pilot and kept him alive until the paramedics arrived”. After medical attention the gentleman survived his arrest.

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around the body and to the brain. They lose consciousness almost immediately and will be unresponsive. If you see this happen, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately. For every minute that passes without CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.

For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit

Notes to Editor:

1 BHF estimate over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital a year where the emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim. Detailed statistics are currently only available for England.
2 BHF estimates on available data in England (8.6%)
3 Lindner TW, Soreide E, Nilsen OB, Torunn MW, Lossius HM. Good outcome in every fourth resuscitation attempt is achievable. Resuscitation 2011; 82:1508-13.

About the British Heart Foundation

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