Young Welsh lifesaver has been found02 March 2021
22 year old Aneurin Metcalfe was walking down a street in Cardiff last weekend when he saw Bobby Gamlin, 55, slumped in the street. Aneurin knew straight away that the gentleman was having a cardiac arrest, asked his friend to call an ambulance and get a defibrillator. Aneurin immediately began lifesaving CPR.
The Gamlin family supported by Charity Calon Heart Defibrillators soon began their search for the young man who saved Bobby’s life.
Pictured Sharon Owen Charity Director of Calon and young lifesaver Aneurin Metcalfe
Aneurin says, “Had it not been for Torfaen Sea Cadets giving me my first aid training at the age of 15 I would not of been able to give Bobby the help he needed or help save his life with this ltraining. I am extremely grateful that I learnt these life saving skills a skill that every young person should learn!
During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Boris Johnson expressed his support for Conservative MP for Delyn in North Wales Rob Robert’s campaign. The Delyn MP has worked tirelessly to launch a national campaign calling for the teaching of CPR and other lifesaving skills in all Welsh secondary schools – just as it is in England and Scotland, to become Rob has been in contact with the Calon charity, who have long campaigned on this issue, along with Suzy Davies Conservative AM to fight for CPR to be made mandatory and taught in all Welsh schools.
Now that the Prime Minister has stated the urgency of this being adopted in Wales, it is hoped that the Welsh Government will make the teaching of CPR compulsory in all Welsh secondary schools “so that in the future this knowledge can be used to save lives.”
Rob Roberts MP added: “I am pleased that the Prime Minister supports the vital lifesaving skill of CPR being taught to school children in Wales.
“The Welsh Government now need to follow the precedent set by the UK Government so that families who experience cardiac arrests no longer have to suffer such tragic circumstances.”
Commenting on the campaign, Sharon Owen, charity director at Calon, said:
“Calon believes that all schools in Wales should make CPR training mandatory for students – as more and more adolescents are becoming victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, especially during sporting events.
“Hundreds of lives could be saved in Wales each year if students were taught CPR from a young age, so CPR needs to be learnt universally to significantly improve survival rates and to avoid inequalities between communities by ensuring there are lifesavers on every street corner, in schools and every workplace.”
Since Calon Heart charity began 8 years ago they have help fund 3,956 defibrillators throughout Wales, taught free CPR to over 63,000 people and screened 4,000 young people to detect underlying heart conditions.
For information how you can learn FREE CPR contact Sharon on 02922 402670/07730944700 or email [email protected]Back to News