Jay’s Aim Teach Northcott Young Company Vital Life-Saving Skills

The charity, founded in memory of James Alexander Osborne with the aim to reduce the rate of sudden cardiac death among young people, ran a workshop which taught our aspiring theatre makers the invaluable skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillator usage.

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Jay’s Aim co-founder Dan Osbourne began the session by showing the group how to identify signs of a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Someone experiencing a heart attack is often conscious and will likely feel chest pains, whereas someone experiencing cardiac arrest may fall unconscious without warning.

Our Young Company then took turns practicing chest compressions and rescue breaths on specially built mannequins. These activities ensured that they are prepared to act when it matters most.

I’ve learnt how to save someone’s life if they ever do have a cardiac event. It’s really good knowledge that everyone should know.” – NYC participant

Barnfield Theatre Clifford Room. Background: White wall, a fire emergency exit door and a black curtain pulled a quarter of the way across the wall (right to left). Foreground: A young woman wearing a brown top and blue jeans presses both their hands together down on the chest of a plastic resuscitation training mannequin. Behind them, other young people also press their hands down together on the chests of plastic resuscitation training mannequins.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead
Barnfield Theatre Clifford Room. Background: A black curtain. A projector screen showing a blue coloured PowerPoint slide. Two white and blue banners with information about charity Jay's Aim. Foreground: Dan Osbourne, co-founder of Jay's Aim, kneels down to watch a Northcott Young Company member apply a defibrillator pad to a plastic resuscitation training mannequin.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

Dan focused the second part of the session on how to locate and use public access defibrillators (PADs). Young Company member Thea volunteered to act as a member of the public who Dan asks to find and operate a PAD. Their practical demonstration showed the simplicity and effectiveness of using defibrillators to restore heart rhythms during cardiac emergencies.

Whether on stage or in everyday life, these skills will serve our young performers and wider community throughout their lives.

If you can give somebody CPR, you can massively increase their chances of survival. If you can get a defibrillator in there as well, within in five you can increase their chance of survival by over 70%. Every minute that passes after the five-minute mark, that chance of survival goes down by 10%. So, it’s crucial that we get defibrillators everywhere and train as many people as possible so that they are confident to act in an emergency.” – Dan Osbourne, Co-Founder of Jay’s Aim

The workshop followed Jay’s Aim raising funds to install a public access defibrillator outside our Exeter city centre Barnfield Theatre’s front entrance. This defibrillator is dedicated in memory to Leslie Balcombe and John Balcombe.

Dan Osbourne, co-founder of charity Jay's Aim, wearing a black t-shirt, smiles while standing beside a member of the Northcott Young Company, wearing a black top. They are both stood in front of a public access defibrillator outside the Barnfield Theatre. A sign above the defibrillator reads: 'In Loving Memory of Leslie and John Balcombe.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

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