09 February 2016

Hull York Medical School students organise 48 hour CPR marathon in aid of British Heart Foundation

Following last year’s success, Hull York Medical School students are once again attempting a 48 hour CPR marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. This non-stop, hands-only CPR marathon lasts two full days, from 8th – 10th February 2016, and is taking place as part of the Hull University Student Union’s (HUU) Raising and Giving (RAG) week.

HUU Vice-President of Activities Kathy Brook said RAG week provides a great opportunity for everyone to come together and raise funds for fantastic causes: “I'm incredibly proud of the RAG volunteers and Medsoc members for all their efforts; it's inspiring to see so many selfless individuals raising funds for those in need.

“The Medsoc 48 hour CPR marathon is a fantastic example of the activities that our students take part in to support and raise awareness of causes both locally and nationally. So far we've seen anything and everything, from bake sales to marathons. I would encourage everyone to come and show their support for the volunteers and charities involved.”

Last year Hull York Medical School’s student society, MedSoc, managed to raise over £1500 for the British Heart Foundation and this year they are eager to surpass this target by encouraging more friends, lecturers, students and members of the public to donate via their JustGiving page.

Hull York Medical School MedSoc President Tom Rowland said: “The 48 Hour CPR Marathon has become somewhat of a MedSoc tradition during RAG week, with this being our fifth year. With each successive year we've managed to surpass our previous fundraising total, and aim to do the same this time around.

“Coronary heart disease is a significant burden on public health, and so raising the money on behalf of British Heart Foundation only seems fitting. I was lucky enough to participate in last year's event, and the sense of camaraderie throughout was amazing, not to mention the feeling of achievement when we reached the 48th hour.”

CPR marathonFundraising Manager for North and East Yorkshire British Heart Foundation Jane Mooney said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Hull York Medical School student society MedSoc for once again taking on this challenge for the British Heart Foundation. The whole of Hull has really got involved with our Wear It Beat It campaign this year with hundreds of events taking place throughout the month of February. Our life saving research is powered by the enormous generosity of our supporters and every pound raised will help us change the lives of millions living with heart and circulatory conditions.”

Dean of HYMS Trevor Sheldon said: “The commitment and enthusiasm of our students never ceases to amaze me. I wish them the best of luck and encourage university staff, family, friends and members of the public to be a sponsor for this important cause."