Heartstart Course Makes a Real Difference

The leader of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Heartstart Programme saved a cyclist’s life using the vital skills he had learnt from the FREE course.

Jordan Tyms was out running through the country lanes in Dunham when a man who was cycling towards him had a cardiac arrest. Thinking on his feet and using his knowledge Jordan administered chest compressions until the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) arrived on scene.

NWAS paramedic Gary Woltsencroft said, “Whilst others had stepped away and refused to help, Jordan stepped up and performed chest compressions until our arrival. Jordan is being very humble about his role in this but what he played was an extremely important part in this chain of survival.”

Jordan said, “I was just in the right place at the right time. I was really impressed with NWAS, 4 Paramedics and a first responder were on site, they really did their best for the guy and I’m just glad we did what we could for him. For me, this just proves how important it is to learn the skills that the WCHG Heartstart course teaches; you can really make a difference.”

Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “We are all extremely proud of Jordan here at WCHG and the part he played in saving someone’s life. His story just illustrates that you never know when you may need these vital skills and I would encourage everyone to take part in this course.”

Over 100 people have attended the course so far, which is supported by Knutsford Heartstart and takes place at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre once a month. It teaches CPR and other emergency lifesaving skills and is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation.

Heartstart was set up by the British Heart Foundation in 1996 and to date over 3.5 million people have attended a Heartstart course. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple (approximately 15 - 24%) a victim’s chance of survival.

You can book on the course as an individual or a group, and for more information please contact Jordan Tyms on 0161 436 0560 or email heartstart@wchg.org.uk