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BBC Lincolnshire bids to recruit '10,000 life-savers'

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Image caption BBC Radio Lincolnshire is working with LIVES and St John Ambulance to provide the free training sessions

A BBC radio station aims to get 10,000 people trained in CPR after one of its newsreaders was saved by a passer-by when she suffered a cardiac arrest.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Charlotte Wright collapsed while jogging in the uphill area of Lincoln in November.

Steve Race and Josie Vincent, described by Mrs Wright as a "hero and heroine", did CPR until medics arrived.

The station is working with LIVES and St John Ambulance to provide free training sessions.

Those wanting to get involved can email savealife@bbc.co.uk and will receive an automated response with further information.

Image caption Charlotte Wright (centre) was reunited with Steve Race and Josie Vincent after an appeal on social media

Mrs Wright said: "Six months ago, two strangers saw me lying on a pavement and got out of their cars to help.

"When they realised I was having a cardiac arrest, they started CPR and literally brought me back to life."

"Most people who suffer a cardiac arrest don't survive - this is a sobering fact I think about every day," she added.

She has urged everyone to get trained and said "it's so simple and could save someone's life."

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Image caption Only one in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to statistics, making training exercises like this extremely important

Campaign organiser Lucy Parry said: "We were all so shocked about what happened to Charlotte, and just relieved that someone was there to help her.

"Her experience inspired us to start this campaign."

Recent statistics show only one in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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