An interactive CPR demonstration will take place in the borough on Monday night to help save lives.

St John Ambulance will run the session at Horwich Community Centre on Beaumont Road from 6.45pm to 7.45pm as part of Restart a Heart Day.

St John’s new “Phone, Push, Press” message, which references the three key steps needed to get help, start CPR and use a defibrillator, to give someone the best chance of survival, will be discussed.

"Phone" refers to dialling 999, "Push" relates to starting chest compressions to help keep the heart and brain oxygenated and "Press" refers to pressing the button on a defibrillator to give a shock to the casualty.

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National clinical lead for resuscitation at St John Ambulance, David Bowen, said: “A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, and the sooner a person receives chest compressions and defibrillation, the higher their chances are of survival.

“It isn’t what we at St John, or our NHS colleagues do that matters most - it’s what the public can do to help in those first crucial moments.

"The next leap forward in increasing survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests will come by increasing the number of people in our communities that are trained and confident to Phone, Push, Press.

“Defibrillators are simple and safe to use, tell you what to do and won’t shock unless they need to.

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"We would love to show you how simple they are, so as part of this year’s Restart a Heart campaign, our volunteers will be sharing their lifesaving skills with local communities through free first aid awareness sessions.

“If you can’t make a session, our St John Ambulance website has many fantastic lifesaving resources to help people learn these lifesaving skills for free online. Simply visit

“The worst thing you can do in a cardiac arrest emergency is do nothing.

“Phone, Push, Press' is a simple and catchy reminder of the actions you need to take – and we hope will help save more lives.”

More information about Restart a Heart Day and defibrillator awareness sessions is available online at