Lincoln residents invited to learn lifesaving skills at one-off workshop

A workshop teaching people potentially lifesaving CPR skills will be held in Lincoln city centre.

The event, which is supported by Lincolnshire first responder charity LIVES, takes place in the Cornhill on October 17 from 10am to 4pm.

The workshops and demonstrations aim to make CPR less daunting and easier to understand but also to give individuals the confidence to help someone suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Andrew Kerry, who himself has been a LIVES First Responder for three years, has organised the event.

He said: “The main aim of the event will be to show people how important CPR is, especially in the first minutes of a cardiac arrest, when someone has stopped breathing.

“Many people are too scared of performing CPR in case they aren’t able to save the person, however we want to let people know that with as little as five minutes training they can help increase the patients chance of survival.

“LIVES works to bring the community together, and gives essential care to the people of Lincolnshire when they are involved in an emergency situation.

“However, its services would be impossible without volunteers, so we hope this event will spark an interest in local people and encourage them get involved and give the training a go.”

Stephen Hyde, from LIVES, added: “We are really honoured to be supporting the Mayor of Lincoln at this event. We hope to reach as many people as possible. Councillor Kerry’s support and passion for LIVES is fantastic, we hope he and our other responders can inspire local people to learn this important life skill.”

To find out more about the event and LIVES, contact 01507 525999 or email